Australia vs India 4th Test Day 3: Kohli and Rahul keep Australia at bay

Kohli smashed 20 boundaries during his unbeaten innings of 140

Kohli smashed 20 boundaries during his unbeaten innings of 140

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India captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul both scored centuries to keep Australia at bay on the third day of the fourth Test in Sydney.

Kohli and Rahul were well supported by opening batsman Rohit Sharma, who made 53.

Starting out the day on 71/1, Rahul and Sharma converted their 71-run partnership into a 97-run partnership, during which Sharma brought up his half-century, before he was clean bowled by Nathan Lyon.

Sharma’s solid knock of 53 came off 133 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Sharma hit some superb shots during his knock of 53

Sharma hit some superb shots during his knock of 53

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Rahul and Kohli stabilised the innings with a 141-run partnership, during which Rahul registered his maiden Test century and Kohli his half-century, before Rahul was caught and bowled by Mitchell Starc.

Rahul’s career-best innings of 110 came off 262 deliveries and included 13 boundaries and a six.

Rahul looks up to the heavens after scoring his maiden Test century

Rahul looks to the heavens after scoring his maiden Test century

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Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane kept the runs flowing with a 54-run partnership, during which Kohli recorded his 10th Test century, before Rahane was given out lbw off the bowling of Shane Watson for 13.

However, Rahane should not have been given out as replays showed that the ball would have been going over off stump.

Watson struck again the very next ball as Suresh Raina was caught behind for a golden duck.

Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha steadied the innings with an unbeaten 50-run partnership before stumps was called.

Kohli finished on 140 off 214 balls, which included 20 boundaries, while Saha remained undefeated on 14 off 50 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Starc and Watson picked up two wickets apiece, while Lyon chipped in with one.

India ended day three on 342/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (previous day).

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