Australia well ahead despite Kohli ton

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Australia put themselves in a decent position to square the series with a hard-fought performance on day three of the 2nd Test. The Australia bowlers first picked up seven wickets, with Lyon picking up five for 67, for just 111 runs on the day to bowl India out for 283 with Virat Kohli top-scoring with 123. In reply, most of their batsmen chipped in with important scores, Usman Khawaja top-scoring with 41, to help the hosts end the day at 132/4.
It was a day that Australia will remember for the graft they were put through, especially with the bat. Jasprit Bumrah bowled with fire, constantly leaving the batsmen all at sea with his movement and accuracy, while the rest of the bowlers backed him up well.
Australia, though, fought out the tough phases to put themselves in a strong position. Usman Khawaja dropped anchor for the hosts, playing out more than a hundred deliveries for his 41 not out. Travis Head and Marcus Harris, too, chipped in with vital cameos to help push the lead.
The start to the innings was near perfect foundation for Australia, with the openers putting on 33 at a decent place, before Mohammed Shami pinged Finch on the fingers and forced the right-hander to go out and to the hospital with a possible broken finger. That helped India claw their way back with wickets.
Harris was out to Bumrah – shouldering arms to a delivery that struck the top of off, while Shaun Marsh edged a pull behind to the ‘keeper. Ishant added one to his tally by getting Handscomb plumb LBW for 13.
Head and Khawaja steadied the ship, adding 35 off 90 balls. That was ended by Head hitting Shami straight to Ishant at third man – the second time in the match he was dismissed in that fashion.
Khawaja survived a drop catch off Hanuma Vihari, but stood firm for the rest of the day to take Australia to 132/4, although whether Finch will come out to bat on day 4 remains to be seen.
Earlier in the day, Kohli played the headlining act. There were two shots.