Kohli fuming as Aussie loosen grip on second Test

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India 4-213, lead by 126
Nanjing Night Net

???BANGALORE: Under-the-pump India captain Virat Kohli was left seeing red as tensions escalated further between both sides after another white-knuckle day left the second Test hanging in the balance.

Steve O’Keefe is set to come under the scrutiny of match referee Chris Broad while Kohli’s angry reaction to his controversial dismissal will also be reviewed.

“The temperature’s rising a little bit, it’s intense out there,” paceman Josh Hazlewood said after stumps.

Australia’s reprogrammed batsmen are facing the supreme test of their character with a thrilling finish looming after India continued their bold revival on Monday.

Steve Smith’s men twice had the world No.1 on the ropes but were unable to land the knockout punch against an Indian side that has responded impressively to Kohli’s dressing-room call to arms.

Led by an unbeaten 79 by Cheteshwar Pujara, who gave difficult chances on three and four, India did not lose a wicket in the final session and reached stumps on the third day on 4-213, a lead of 126.

“The real India has arrived in the last two days,” former India team director Ravi Shastri said on Star Sports.

“You had the feeling there was only one team playing the series until then and today they’ve showed they have the stomach for the fight.”

Australia have made all the running since Nathan Lyon’s career-best performance on the first day but India have gradually pegged them back.

Both teams will start the fourth day with genuine belief of pulling off a win for the ages however it’s the Indians who are carrying the momentum.

A total in excess of 200 beckons for Australia and it will take some running down even if the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch does not deteriorate much further.

Hazlewood, who has claimed three wickets, threatened to trigger another Indian collapse after tea but Australia’s bowling has lacked the consistency of their previous three efforts.

“We did bowl a bit wide, that Australian line,” Hazlewood said. “We can improve tomorrow morning.”

The day’s flashpoint came when Kohli failed to have his dismissal on 15 overturned by the video umpire. Adamant he had hit the ball first, he instantly challenged Nigel Llong’s call but replays failed to prove his case conclusively. Kohli stood stunned after receiving Richard Kettleborough’s verdict to the mirth of the Australians.

“The skipper’s angry again,” Smith quipped, shortly before Kohli left the crease.

A furious Kohli pointed the bottom edge of his bat to the crowd and exchanged terse words with fans as he left the field and was later seen stewing inside the dressing room.

Kohli, however, may get the last laugh in Bangalore after India’s beleaguered batsmen rediscovered their mojo.

Pujara, their dependable No.3, is making most of the chances given to him by Matthew Wade and Smith.

Wade failed to land a glove on a desperately hard chance, while Smith could not hold on to a hot offering low to his left at slip.

The Australian captain made amends with a one-handed screamer to dismiss the impressive Lokesh Rahul. “That’s one of the best catches I’ve ever seen live,” former Australian Test speedster Brett Lee, who had a 21-year career at the top levels, said on Star Sports.

Emotions ran high as O’Keefe celebrated by getting up close and personal with Pujara, earning a rebuke from both on-field umpires. India were only 25 runs in front when Kohli departed but Pujara has given them a very real chance of victory.

Australia squandered a golden opportunity to turn up the heat on India after their tail folded meekly against India’s spinners.

A first innings lead beyond 100 seemed on the cards while Wade and Mitchell Starc were at the crease but the end came quickly after the latter holed out in the deep.

Australia lost 4-7 in 29 balls to be dismissed for 276, while Jadeja finished with 6-63.

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