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Kohli, Rahul Centuries Launch Fightback

Virat Kohli (left) and Lokesh Rahul both scored centuries as India fought back on day three
Virat Kohli (left) and Lokesh Rahul both scored centuries as India fought back on day three
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Australia 572-7 dec. (Smith 117, Warner 101) v
India 342-5 (Kohli 140no, Rahul 110)
Fourth Test, Sydney, day three

KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scored centuries as India hit back on day three of the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney to close on 342 for five replying to Australia's 572 for seven declared.

In just his second Test, Rahul stroked 110 in 262 balls and Kohli was unbeaten at stumps on 140 in 214 deliveries as India reduced Australia's lead to 230.

Rohit Sharma also made 53 and India were made to work hard for their runs as Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson ended the day with two wickets to their name.

Rahul and Kohli shared a partnership of 141 for the fourth wicket to lift India after they had been reduced to 97 for three.

By scoring his fourth century of the series, Kohli becomes the first overseas cricketer to achieve that feat in Australia for 86 years and he is the first man to score a century in each of his first three innings as Test captain.

Like Kohli, Australian captain Steve Smith has scored four centuries in the series and it was his 117, as well as David Warner's 101, that helped set up Australia's mammoth score.

Smith though, had a difficult day in the field, as he dropped Rahul before the youngster reached three figures, and was unhappy that camera wires had put him off as he attempted the catch.

The home side hold an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

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