Adelaide - Captain Virat Kohli scored a rousing century after being struck on
the head with a bouncer to guide India past the follow-on mark on day
three of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday.
in for injured regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli's 115 helped
push the tourists within 148 runs of Australia's first innings total of
517-7, with the hosts declaring before the start of play at Adelaide
Paceman Mitchell Johnson struck Kohli on the helmet first
ball and ended up dismissing him late in the day when the batsman
miscued a pull shot to deep fine leg where Ryan Harris charged in to
take a fine, low catch.
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (one not out) rode out a tense few overs to stumps, with middle order batsman Rohit Sharma on 33.
Nathan Lyon bowled well and removed Ajinkya Rahane for 62 in the last
session for his second wicket of the day, but it was otherwise tough
going for the bowlers on a benign wicket.
All of India's top order batsmen made positive starts on a day of bright sunshine but only 26-year-old Kohli really cashed in.
was hit first ball by a searing bouncer from Johnson which struck him
flush on the badge of his helmet, but he responded by spanking the
paceman to all corners of the ground in the final session before
eventually holing out.
With the death of Phillip Hughes from a
bouncer still fresh in all minds, the Australians rushed to the batsman
out of concern and Clarke consoled Johnson as he walked back to his mark
Kohli brought up his ton with a well-struck
four steered through midwicket and after ripping off his helmet, yelled
"Come on!" at the India team box, eyes blazing.
Lyon broke a
101-run partnership between Kohli and Rahane with an unplayable ball
that reared out of a rough patch and pinged off the middle order
batsman's glove to fall to Shane Watson at slip.
Lyon also ended
an 81-run stand between Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara after a sustained
period of pressure with a ball that dribbled through the number three's
legs and onto the stumps.
Left-armer Johnson was punished for some
wayward bowling but teased a nick from opener Murali Vijay into the
slips to have him out for 53.
Seamer Ryan Harris, back in the side
after a long recovery following knee surgery, bowled opener Shikhar
Dhawan who had raced to 25 before edging a probing delivery onto the
Australia captain Michael Clarke took to the field after
battling through back pain to score his courageous 128 on day two, but
was clearly restricted in his movement and sluggish to chase down balls.