India bowl out Australia for 235 to take first-innings lead

Travis Head of Australia looks dejected after being dismissed by Mohammed Shami for 72.
GETTY IMAGESTravis Head of Australia looks dejected after being dismissed by Mohammed Shami for 72.

Head shared a 27-run stand with Mitchell Starc then a 31-run partnership with Lyon, threatening to overhaul India’s first-innings total of 250.

But the hosts were rolled for 235 during the morning session on a rain-hit third day of the contest, prompting jubilant celebrations from Virat Kohli.

India's Mohammed Shami, right, is congratulated by team-mates after dismissing Australia's Travis Head.
APIndia’s Mohammed Shami, right, is congratulated by team-mates after dismissing Australia’s Travis Head.

Wet weather has delayed the start of India’s second innings and prompted officials to call lunch.

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Australia’s first innings ended when Head and Josh Hazlewood were dismissed with consecutive balls, the former falling for 72 after facing 167 deliveries while rescuing Australia.

Head added 11 runs to his overnight score and faced only 18 balls on Saturday, when Starc and Lyon instead did the bulk of the work as the scoreboard kept ticking over.

Lyon finished 24 not out, with the highlight being a hooked six off a Mohammed Shami bouncer.

Australia resumed at 191-7 when play belatedly started on Saturday, 45 minutes after the scheduled time.

The next delay lasted about an hour and came after the dismissal of Starc left Australia at 204-8, 46 runs behind India.

The home side had crashed to 87-4 on Friday and missed a golden chance to hammer home their ascendancy.

AAP