Ind vs Aus 3rd Test: Kohli and Rahane Break Records, Raise Indian Hope

India’s best batsman Virat Kohli, on current form, and India’s best overseas batsman Ajinkya Rahane, since many decade, hit centuries and added 262 runs for the 4th wicket breaking many records to lead the Indian fight. Unfortunately, after Rahane’s dismissal the same sorry tale of Indian tail, including Captain Dhoni, started. Yet, Indian can now hope for at least a draw provided 10 Indian batsmen can play at least 90 overs on last day of the test match.

2014-2015 Indian Tour of Australia: Schedule

Record 262 runs between Kohli and Rahane
Kohli had to come in the initial over of the day, and Rahane had to join him before drinks on the first session of the day. Indian score read 147/3 with warrior Vijay just being sent back by Watson after scoring 68 runs. From there on the youngsters took India to a position nobody would have believed. They added 262 runs in 57.5 overs. Rahane scored 147 runs racing ahead of Kohli, who finally got out as the last wicket of the day on 169 as his partners, including Dhoni started falling like nine pins. The duo broke multiple records.

    1st 200+ partnership at MCG for 4th wicket by batsmen from any team.
    After 90 years 200+ partnership at MCG by any overseas pair.
    India’s biggest stand outside Asia in 10 years.
    4th 250+ stand by Indian for any wicket outside Asia.

Day 3 Statistics

    4.53 in this innings is Johnson’s worst economy rate ever in a test innings after conceding 100+ runs.
    2nd instance at MCG of two teams scoring 400+ runs after 1983.
    2nd Indian (Kohli) to score 3 centuries in Australia in a series after Gavaskar (1977).
    10th Indian Batsman (Kohli) to score 1000 test runs vs Australia.
    9th test century, 6th overseas for Kohli.
    3rd Test century, all overseas for Rahane.

Starting with the overnight score, it took just two balls for Pujara (25) to continue his fall as he wa caught behind to give Australia the upper hand which was further raised by Vijay’s (68) wicket as score read 147/3. From there on the glimpses of Fab four was shown as Kohli and Rahane broke Aussies attack, specially being brutal at Johnson, who is now losing the sledging game to Kohli.

After a marathon 262 run partnership in 57 overs, Rahane (147) was deceived by Lyon. From 409/4 India took just 11 overs to be reduced to 434/7 as debutant KL Rahul (3) appeared to score century in 10 balls attacking Lyon despite getting a reprieve. Dhoni (11) and Ashwin (0) were swallowed by Harris who reached 4/69 after scoring a half-century while batting. Kohli (169) was the last man gone as Johnson finally grabbed a wicket after having his worst day in a test innings. India finished Day 3 at 462/8.

For Aussies, Harris (4/69) was the most successful, while Lyon (2/108), Watson (1/65) and Johnson (1/133) also had some luck. Hazlewood (0/75) and Smith (0/11) also bowled.

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