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Nathan Lyon and Ryan Harris
each claimed two vital late wick-
ets to leave India on 462-8 at
stumps on day three of the third
Test, after Virat Kohli and
Ajinkya Rahane shared a 262-
run partnership yesterday.
India trails Australia s first-
innings 530 by 68 runs after start-
ing the day on 103-1.
Kohli and Rahane made the
most of a placed pitch at the Mel-
bourne Cricket Ground to put
together a fluent partnership that
looked like turning the Test in
India s favour.
"Before coming here, I told
myself I m going to be positive
against these bowlers and these
conditions," Kohli said.
"You saw Ajinkya today ... at
no point did I tell him to back off
and not play his game. That s
what is working for us as a batting
unit, that intent, that positivity."
They brought up India s first
fourth-wicket century partnership
at the MCG off 138 balls and went
on to build India s highest part-
nership outside Asia in ten years.
Lyon (2-108) ended their stand
when he trapped Rahane lbw
attempting a sweep on 147.
The offspinner then dismissed
Lokesh Rahul, caught at deep
backward square off a top-edged
sweep, dismissing him on debut
Rahul s wicket came much to
the relief of substitute field Peter
Siddle, who dropped Rahul at
mid-wicket two balls earlier.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
was caught behind for 11 off Har-
ris (4-69), who caught and
bowled Ravichandran Ashwin for
a duck in the next over.
On the last ball of the day,
Kohli s impressive innings came
to an end on 169, fishing at a
wide ball from Mitchell Johnson
and edging it to wicketkeeper
Brad Haddin, who produced his
second diving catch of the day.
"They batted really well to get
that many, but now we ve got
eight wickets down leading into
tomorrow and we got Kohli which
was a big wicket," Harris said.
"The quicker we get them in the
morning the better and hopefully
have a bit of lead and bat and
see where we go from there."
India will resume day 4 with
Mohammed Shami on 9 joined
by Ishant Sharma.
Harris gave Australia a perfect
start on Sunday by dismissing
Cheteshwar Pujara for his
overnight score of 25 off the sec-
ond ball of the day, thanks to an
athletic, one-handed catch by
Shane Watson (1-65) soon after
claimed opener Murali Vijay for
68, caught at backward point by
Kohli, who scored two cen-
turies in the first Test at Adelaide,
got two reprieves in the second
session when Lyon missed a clear
caught and bowled opportunity
with the batsman on 84, and then
on 88 when Watson dropped an
edge at slip.
"If we had taken our chances
it could have been entirely dif-
ferent," Harris said. "We have
pretty high standards in our field-
ing and that was disappointing
how we fielded today."
Tempers flared before tea when
Johnson threw the ball toward
Kohli s wicket while the batsman
was out of his crease, only to hit
him in the back, sending him to
the ground. Johnson apologised,
but at the end of the over, they
had a heated exchange before the
"I was really annoyed with him
hitting me with the ball and I
told him that s not on try to hit
the stumps next time, not my
body, " Kohli said.
"You ve got to send the right
message across. I m not going to
out there to take unnecessary
words or chat from someone. I m
going out there to play cricket."
India needs to win the third
test to stay alive in the four-
match series. Australia can
reclaim the Border-Gavaskar tro-
phy with a win or draw in Mel-
bourne after a 48-run win in the
first Test and a four-wicket vic-
tory last week in the second Test
MELBOURNE---India s Virat Kohli
says Australia s on-field sledging and
attempted intimidation sparked his
career-high innings of 169 on the
third day of the third test yesterday.
Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (148) put
together a fluent 262-run partnership
on a placid pitch at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground, helping India to 462-
8 in response to Australia s first innings
total of 530.
Tempers flared at times, especially
between Kohli and Australian fast
bowler Mitchell Johnson, which served
only to fire up the India batsman.
"It was going on throughout the
day," Kohli said. "They were calling me
a spoilt brat and I said maybe that s
the way I am---I know you guys hate
me and I like that.
"I like playing against Australia
because it s very hard for them to stay
calm. It really excites me and brings
the best out in me. They don t seem
to be learning the lesson."
Things came to a head in the second
session when Johnson threw the ball
toward Kohli s wicket while the bats-
man was out of his crease, only to hit
him in the lower back, sending him to
the ground. Johnson apologized but
the pair had a heated exchange at the
end of the over before umpires inter-
"I was really annoyed with him hit-
ting me with the ball and I told him
that s not on try to hit the stumps
next time, not my body, " Kohli said.
"You ve got to send the right message
across. I m not going to out there to
take unnecessary words or chat from
someone. I m going out there to play
"There s no good reason I should
respect someone unnecessarily if they
Kohli, who scored two centuries in
the first test at Adelaide, got two
reprieves in the second session when
Nathan Lyon dropped a clear caught
and bowled with the batsman on 84,
and then on 88 when Shane Watson
dropped an edge at slip off Johnson.
Kohli was caught behind off the last
ball of the day, after he and Rahane
shared India s first fourth-wicket cen-
tury partnership at the MCG off 138
balls and went on to build the India s
highest partnership outside Asia in 10
years. Kohli, Rahane
keep India in touch
India's Ajinkya Rahane, left, plays at a high
delivery from Australia Ryan Harris, right, on
the third day of their cricket test match in
Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
India's Virat Kohli raises his bat after making 150 runs against Australia on the
third day of their cricket test match against Australia in Melbourne, Australia,
yesterda. At Stumps India are 4 for 462 in reply to Australia's first innings of 530
all out. AP PHOTO
Virat thanks Aussie backchat
for career-high 169
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