Kohli too is impressed by the show of his No. Shorter deliveries have mostly gone to the boundary or for strike rotations, according to Cricviz. Are we going to see another hundred by the Indian Test specialist? Rahane and Pujara will want to make every run count here because batting last on this wicket will be difficult for the Australians. India need these last two wickets at the earliest to keep the target to as low as possible. The spinner might get a few overs to bowl as there are just nine overs left in the day's play.
He's left the best batsman in the world in his dust. With a target of 287, the visitors needed a good start but things have not gone according to plan. In the past, India have dropped Cheteshwar Pujara Sydney, 2014 , moved Ajinkya Rahane to number three Colombo, 2015 , and even skipper Virat Kohli has batted at number three St. This day has so far belonged to the Indians. Just one run from the 17th over by Cummins. So, it is going to become slower and slower.
Just another Test match for us. Kohli and Pujara will look to make sure that the Australian bowlers cannot dominate in the second session as Mayank stole the show in the first session. Australia, who scripted a 146-run victory at Perth first since the infamous ball tampering fiasco , seems rejuvenated and well settled for the first time in the four-match series. He has not done anything wrong, he has just been too good. Finch 25 edges down the leg side for Pant to take the catch.
Australia's co-captains ready for the toss — cricket. Frustration building here for India because the bowlers have been good with the line and length without getting the required results. The pair took the long handle to the tiring Aussie attack as one Pat Cummins over went for 16, which saw India reach 600. A boundary to end the 66th over by Mitchell Starc. Kohli's face is splashed across all newspapers. The ball was down the leg and Kohli looked to hit that to the fine-leg fence, but the ball got slightly big on him. Looking to leave the ball, Rahul manages to edge that right back onto the stumps as the Australians are celebrating.
India have their task cut-out going into the post-lunch session. Well timed slog-sweep off the ball by Nathan Lyon. And Drinks are on the field after first 15 overs. Australia also made two changes - Marnus Labuschagne and Peter Handscomb replacing Mitchell Marsh and Aaron Finch. Vihari has faced 21 deliveries and yet to score a single run. India are 86 with a loss of one wicket in 41 overs. Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack.
The crowd is loving it as this is only the 4th ball of the innings for Kohli. The last ball came at the speed of 147. For that reason many expected Kohli to bat until all 10 wickets fell rather than declare, but he took everyone by surprise and showed mercy on Australia. The doubts seem to be going out of his mind and it is all about mental adjustments here at this level. Broadcaster Tim Lane sided with Ponting. He last played Test cricket in South Africa, and had a torrid time, managing only 78 runs in four innings while batting at number five. Till then, take care and goodbye! While the narrative remained same during the earlier tours of South Africa 1-2 and England 1-4 , Virat Kohli and his men will like to walk the talk as India's tough cycle of away assignment ends with this four-Test series beginning at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Pujara lifts the crowd off its feet with one of his classic shots. A lesson to all young players. Team India: Virat Kohli capt , Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant wk , Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami. No wicket has fallen so far in the second session. The king is coming,' it said. If not for the events in South Africa earlier this year, the build-up could have been a lot different.
The first session has definitely gone to the Australians here. The four-match Test series is currently tied at 1-1. Head slashes at the delivery well outside off but doesn't get the desired distance or the direction on it. Kohli needs the last wicket here and early. India won the toss and opted to bat against Australia in the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. After getting the balance awfully wrong in Perth, they have included a spinner along with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
In total, India used four different opening partnerships in eight Tests, including the Johannesburg Test wherein Parthiv Patel opened with Vijay. It was an impossible height for anyone to reach but lucky escape there. Fox Sports and Seven Network holds the official broadcasting rights of the series in Australia, Foxtel Sports will stream the match live for its subscribers in Australia. Misses out on a ton. An old trick in the book this one. Vihari is yet to score a run. Vijay cover drives a Hazlewood delivery.