Kohli wages a lone battle for India with his Maiden Century on Day 3
India's star batsman, RCBian champion Virat Kohli played a superb innings and scored his maiden Test hundred, a knock of 116 runs in his name also becoming the 1st Indian batsman to score a Hundred in this Tour.
India began the day 2 with Sachin Tendulkar and Gambhir walking in to bat. The duo were very watchful and played the bowlers well. Just when Sachin was beginning to look good but he fell for 25 runs with 3 boundaries in his name. 9 runs later Gambhir departed soon after to the same bowler Siddle as the score was 87-4. In came laxman at the crease with RCB champion batsman Virat Kohli. Laxman was looking to play on but luck was not with him and he got out caught behind to the spinner Lyon for just 18 runs.
Virat Kohli was looking to play another big knock and it could be seen the way he was placing himself with every ball that came towards him. He was joined by Saha who came into this Test match after Dhoni was banned for 1 Test Match for slow over rate. The Kohli-Saha partnership was getting along well and it was looking a bright one for team India after the others failed to build up any partnership. Young Saha was being guided by Virat kohli well as he wet on to make 35 runs in his name even hitting a six in his little knock. The Kohli-Saha partnership lasted for 114 runs as Virat Kohli did majority of the scoring in it. Virat Kohli was playing so well that even Saha gained confidence seeing his partner bat. The partnership ended as Saha left the ball and got out bowled.
Virat Kohli was looking dangerous as he was joined by R.Ashwin after fall of Saha. Kohli was in superb touch as he was in the last Test match. Virat Kohli found the gaps well and kept taking singles as well as left the good ones and carted a few to the fence. As Ashwin fell, Virat Kohli was yet again in 90's were he had to bat with the tail-landers. Ishant Sharma did well to defend the balls and get Kohli on strike as much as he could. Virat Kohli was on 99 when Siddle came into bowl at him. As Siddle bowled , Virat Kohli pushed the ball confidently through the covers for 2 runs and got his maiden Test hundred, lept in the air with joy and had a smile on his face and kissed the helmet which he wore.
Virat Kohli was not done as yet as he pulled the ball from Hilfenhaus through midwicket for a four. In the next over he took on Ryan Harris and clattered him for 2 fours in the same over. In the 96th over Hilfenhaus got Virat Kohli out as the young champion fell lbw for 116 runs in his name that contained 11 fours and 1 six.
Even though Australia had a lead of 432 runs they did not give follow on and batted for the 2nd time. David Warner was looking good but he fell for 28 runs. In the 11th over Zaheer Khan got the 2nd wicket as he stuck on to Shaun Marsh getting him lbw as Marsh was left clueless on Zaheer's ball. Soon after that Cowan fell as Ashwin went on to take 2 wickets and Australia were reduced to 50-3 at the end of 3rd day.
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