Rising batting star Virat Kohli led an Indian recovery against Australia on the third day of the fourth Test in Adelaide on Thursday after paceman Peter Siddle struck twice for the hosts.

 

At tea India were 225 for six, with Kohli nearing the tourists' first century of the series, after Siddle removed Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir in the space of 10 balls to put Australia on top at lunch.

 

The 23-year-old, 91 not out off 182 balls, is India's best hope of reaching the 405 runs they need to avoid the follow-on, after Australia declared their first innings on a massive 604 for seven.

 

Debutant Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was bowled by Ryan Harris in the last over before tea for 35 — the only Indian wicket to fall in the middle session — ending a 114-run partnership with Kohli.

 

Playing in his eighth Test, Kohli showed up his under-performing senior batsmen with his confident knock, pulling Michael Clarke for six and hitting seven fours. (AFP)