2nd Test Australia vs India: India captain Virat Kohli seems to be in love with Perth, especially the Optus Stadium, where he smashed his 25th Test ton on a lively pitch against a quality bowling unit. Kohli was also having some fun in the field when he looked to egg on the crowd or giving animated expressions. But what the stole was when he mocked his opposite number Tim Paine and the Australian captain laughed it off. Mind games are a big thing in an India vs Australia rivalry and keeping that in mind and also that the hosts are in a bit of trouble, he promptly walked up to Paine and started doing some chattering to unsettle him, but seems to have not worked.
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Earlier in the day, Kohli looked in ominous form as he stroked the ball right from the middle of his bat to reach the three-figure mark. It was an essential knock as that brought India close to Australia’s 326.
Kohli (127) became the fastest Indian to register 25 Test centuries, he surpassed Sachin Tendulkar (130), Sunil Gavaskar (138). Kohli also went past Sachin Tendulkar for the highest Test average in SENA countries.
The world No 1 batsman also became the first Asian batsman to score a ton in each South Africa, England, and Australia in the same calendar year in Test cricket. Kohli also equaled Clive Llyod to register most Test tons as captain in Australia, both have four to their name. Kohli is also at No 2 when it comes to scoring most centuries as captain in international cricket, Kohli has 34, whereas Ponting is at the top of the tree with 41.
Australia lead by 171 runs and India need to pick up six more wickets. Finch is retired hurt and it would hurt the hosts if he cannot bat. The first session on Day 4 will again be crucial in the context of the Test and the series.