Virat Kohli appeared to be in good mood on day three of the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval, as India bowled Australia out for 235 runs. Kohli was seen doing a little jig while fielding as India took a 15-run lead from the first innings. However, rain hampered play thoughout the day.
Indian bowlers had done a fine job on Friday to stall Australia’s scoring rate by stopping the runs as well as taking the wickets. Perhaps that is why captain Kohli was in a jovial mood.
Inclement weather first delayed the play by 45 minutes in the morning session, and then there were two more delays in the first session before early lunch was taken.
Tim Paine was seen discussing with the umpire unhappily as rain forced an early lunch. Paine wanted to make the most of the wet conditions with the ball but the rain hampered that too.
During the first 20 minutes of play, starting from overnight 191 for seven, Australia crossed 200 in the 91st over but India managed to sneak in a breakthrough before rain came again. Mitchell Starc (15) was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (3/47) as covers came on.
Play was held up for 55 minutes thereafter, and the number of overs for the day were reduced to 79. On resumption, the remaining one-hour session was cut short again after 40 minutes but this time India made good used of the overs.
Both Bumrah and Ishant Sharma (2/47) were guilty of bowling shorter to the tail-enders, and it didn’t change this morning either. Nathan Lyon (24 not out) made good use of this, hitting two fours and a six, as he put on 31 runs for the ninth wicket with Travis Head (72).
Head’s fighting knock came to an end when he edged Mohammed Shami (2/58) behind, and the very next ball, the pacer finished things off with Josh Hazlewood out caught similarly for a first-ball duck.
Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant finished with six catches, while Head faced 167 deliveries in all, including six fours.
Australia were happier of the two sides having added 44 runs in just 10.4 overs of play. In their bid to get the lower order out quickly, India were guilty of leaking easy runs.
(With inputs from agencies)