Brad Haddin (left) and Virat Kohli had a verbal duel during the afternoon session © Getty Images
Brad Haddin (left) and Virat Kohli had a verbal duel during the afternoon session © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Dec 30, 2014

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane took India into tea on Day Five of the third Test at 104 for three. India are chasing 384 to win, but are pushing for a draw after Australia batted through the morning session and then declared around lunch.

India began the session in the face of a 384-run target after Australia declared at 318 for nine. Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed early when he was trapped plumb in front by Ryan Harris. In a surprising move, KL Rahul walked in to bat at No. 3 instead of Cheteshwar Pujara. Rahul did get a single, but the nervous debut continued as he top edged an ugly pull off Mitchell Johnson and was caught by Shane Watson running back from first slip.

Kohli walked in and was immediately in the firing line. There was a bit of a chat when he survived a run-out shout with Brad Haddin having a go. Kohli to hit back with the umpire coming in to calm things down.

Murali Vijay batted patiently, but then he was given out leg-before to Josh Hazlewood. However, the ball was angling down the leg-side. That is when Rahane joined Kohli at 19 for three. The duo took its time and gradually scored the runs. They continued to pull anything short and were also punishing on a bit of width. There were a few close shots, but were turned down. At the stroke of tea, Rahane was dropped by Chris Rogers at point.

Given their 262-run stand in the first innings, a lot of hope would be pinned on Rahane and Kohli. If India have to save this game, they have to bat through majority of the evening session. Kohli is batting on 54 and Rahane is on 33

Brief scores:

Australia 530 (Chris Rogers 57, Shane Watson 52, Steven Smith 192, Ryan Harris 74, Brad Haddin 55; Umesh Yadav 3 for 130, Mohammed Shami 4 for 138, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 134) and 318 for 9 decl. (David Warner 40, Chris Rogers 69, Shaun Marsh 99; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 75, Mohammed Shami 2 for 92, Ishant Sharma 2 for 49, Umesh Yadav 2 for 89) lead India 104 for 3 (Murali Vijay 68, Virat Kohli 169, Ajinkya Rahane 147; Ryan Harris 4 for 70, Mitchell Johnson 3 for 135, Nathan Lyon 2 for 108) and 84 for 3 (Virat Kohli 54*, Ajinkya Rahane 33*; Ryan Harris 1 for 16, Mitchell Johnson 1 for 24, Josh Hazlewood 1 for 23) by 383 runs.

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