Virat Kohli (82 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (51 not out) notched up well-composed half-centuries as India finished the second day of the ongoing Perth Test at 172/3. India will thus resume the third day trailing the hosts by 154 runs.
After India restricted Australia to 326 in their first innings, the visiting openers Murali Vijay and K L Rahul were sent back for a combined two runs. However, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara showed composure to rescue India from 8/2. The Indian captain started his knock on a positive note but later slowed down. He stitched a 74-run stand for the third wicket with Pujara, who looked solid before being dismissed by Mitchell Starc for 24.
Pujara’s departure led to Rahane’s arrival at the crease. The Indian vice-captain looked in great touch from the outset as he took on the Aussie pacers to bail the team out of trouble. The duo of Virat and Rahane added an unbeaten 90 runs for the fourth wicket. While Kohli’s cautious 181-ball knock was studded with 9 boundaries, Rahane’s 103-ball innings was laced with 6 fours and a six.
Twitter experts were mighty impressed with the approach of Kohli and Rahane as they ensured that India finished the second day with their nose ahead in the game.
Here are some of the tweets: