Test Cricket: 2018-19 Domain Test Series: 2nd Test of Australia v India at Perth Stadium, Day 3 Morning Session Review

by Sports Benches

It’s the third day of the 2nd Domain Test Series Match at Perth Stadium with India resume on 3-172.

After a while went wicketless, Australia split the Rahane-Kohli stand when Nathan Lyon dismissed Ajinkya Rahane on 51.

It’s an excellent straight-line play with not much turn going full where Rahane knicked to Tim Paine’s gloves.

With the quick calls made by Paine, he’s able to wrap up the catch he’s after to relieve a bit of stress.

It’s all about shooting for the right target is that off stump mark which paid off for Australia.

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Although, not on the dangerman Virat Kohli just yet.

Kohli continues to hit anywhere along the park with plenty of fours in hand before backing up his 100.

He may not have hit a lot of sixes.

But Kohli brings here with a lot of concentration and shows a lot of young kids regarding his placement & shot selection that made a regular run-getter in all forms of cricket.

After Kohli scored his 100, Josh Hazlewood quickly dismissed Hanuma Vilhari on a quick-fire 20.

Again, Hazlewood found the attacking spot where he pitched short and straighter which made Vilhari play & knicked straight to Paine’s gloves.

Not long later, as India reached past the 250 run mark, Pat Cummins got his wish when he captured Kohli on 123.

The catch from Peter Handscomb was low height having touched the grass at second slip.

It’s a fierce debate to say about this screamer having seen mixed reviews both positive and negative.

But it seems that Handscomb got his fingers first where the ball landed safely on him rather than the grass.

Though, next time, like the DRS, we would like to see further technology seen on close-up catches whether it lands on the player’s fingers or not.

And just before lunch, Australia added quickly another scalp in the space of 20 minutes from Kohli’s dismissal.

Good bounce and turn from Nathan Lyon which went straighter and sharper.

That has shaken Mohammed Shami out on his first ball having knicked to Tim Paine’s gloves.

Lunch Day 3: India 7-253 & trails by 73 runs

Great to see Australia fight back after a wicketless afternoon yesterday.

It’s all about finding the right line and length.

Get that off stump right regardless if it’s attacking with some pace or get that bounce up full or short.

The variety & change up Australia tweaked had finally got over the moon when they got rid of India’s main batting card.

On the other hand, great to see Virat Kohli get his 100.

With him, India’s well able to march back and getting closer to responding what Australia asked them to do.

Without Kohli, India’s batting dash fallen over with only Rishabh Pant & a tailender like Ishant Sharma on strike.

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