Australia v India: Virat Kohli stands firm for tourists in Perth

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 16, 2018

Kohli was tested by none other than spinner Nathan Lyon on 22, when he almost fell a big-spinning Lyon delivery that only just missed his stumps.

In reply, India lost a few early wickets as KL Rahul and Murali Vijay departed with troubling the bowlers.

Khawaja praised Kohli's determined 181-ball knock, but reckoned Australia would have opportunities to knock over the India talisman.

Rahane hit six fours in 103 and had the honour of hitting the first Test match six at the new venue.

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Umpire Chris Gaffaney felt the ball was going over the stumps and a review confirmed his decision, with ball tracking having it passing clearly over the bails.

The stubborn Pujara offered strong support for Kohli initially, although he was fortunate to survive an early edge from the bowling of Hazlewood when he had just two runs.

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The ball bounced just in front of Shaun Marsh at first slip, with Paine choosing not to go for the catch.

Harris, who once played first-class cricket for Western Australia, was in punishing mood as he struck Ishant Sharma for three boundaries within five deliveries to force the swing bowler out of the attack.

The hosts had resumed on 277-6 and although captain Tim Paine and Pat Cummins shared a 59-run seventh-wicket partnership, the pair fell in the space of three balls.

That sparked the Australian collapse, with Paine then trapped lbw by Jasprit Bumrah two balls later for 38.

Harris had been dropped at second slip from the bowling of Mohammed Shami on 60, he but added just 10 more before falling to the part-time spin of the recalled Hanuma Vihari.

Given the nature of the pitch, it seemed a competitive total by the Australians.

Aaron Finch (50) responded to the pressure surrounding his position as a Test opener with a composed, anchor-role half-ton, contributing to a century partnership for the opening stand alongside Harris.

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