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Kohli Century Leads India Fightback

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored 115 as India fought back on day three
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Australia 517-7 dec. (Smith 162no, Warner 145) v
India 369-5 (Kohli 115, Pujara 73, Rahane 62)
First Test, Adelaide, day three

Virat Kohli shrugged off being hit on the helmet by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer to score a century as India fought back on day three of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.

After Australia declared on their overnight score of 517 for seven, Kohli made 115 to help India close on 369 for five, comfortably avoiding the follow-on target.

There were also half-centuries from Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.

After 60 overs had been lost on day two, Australia chose to declare but India were up to the challenge and not daunted by the scoreboard pressure.

Vijay hit 53 in 88 balls and Shikhar Dhawan made 25 in 24 deliveries before he was bowled by Ryan Harris having dominated the 30-run opening stand.

Vijay and Pujara (73 in 135 balls) then added 81 for the second wicket only for Vijay to fall shortly before lunch when he was caught by Haddin off Johnson.

India were 119 for two after the morning session and in the afternoon they only lost the wicket of Pujara, who was bowled by Nathan Lyon, to reach tea at 223 for three.

After Pujara's dismisal, Kohli joined forces with Rahane, whose 62 came in good time, from 76 balls and included 10 fours; India began to assert themselves with the bat similar to the manner that Australia had on the first two days.

Rahane fell with the score on 293 when he gloved Lyon to Shane Watson and after Kohli had completed his seventh Test century, he couldn't resist taking on a Johnson short ball and top-edged to square leg where Harris took the catch.

He had faced 184 balls and hit 12 fours but he fell just 17 balls before the close of play, leaving Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 33 and Wriddhiman Saha not out on one.

Johnson finished the day with two for 90, Harris one for 49 and Lyon two for 103.

David Warner (145), Michael Clarke (128) and Steve Smith (162 not out) all scored centuries in Australia's first innings.

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