Injured Kohli misses final test against Australia

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At the start of Day 3, India were trailing by 52 runs and there was drama immediately on the first ball. "The next two (Handscomb and Maxwell) were satisfying as I got them exactly how I had visualised their dismissals", Kuldeep said.

Jadeja was ably assisted by Saha as the duo added 96 precious runs for the seventh wicket - a stand that clearly frustrated the Aussies as Jadeja went on to score his seventh Test fifty, his second of the series.

The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas which sit behind one of world cricket's most picturesque venues would have offered little comfort to an Australian team which lost five wickets in a costly middle session.

On Thursday the Indian team management rushed in uncapped batsman Shreyas Iyer as a cover for Kohli, who has led India to victory in nine of their last 12 Tests at home.

"I know probably left a few runs out there (batting), but to have them 6-240 odd I am quite happy to be honest. It was the first time in my life that I was bowling to Smith and I didn't find it tough".

"We believe we're good enough".

"That's where I am getting guys caught at bat pad and slips".

"But saying that, I think we've bowled well in two lots to restrict them to 240 all day".

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Of course, nobody likes to lose, but that one, when you're right there, all of us, we just need that second chance". Martin will have to have a productive night offensively, because getting production from anyone will be hard .

He lofted left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe for a six over the midwicket and then smashed a short ball from Josh Hazlewood for a stinging four over the gully.

Lyon looked like being the hero of Bangalore when he routed India with career-best figures of 8-50, only for Australia to slump to defeat in the second Test. Were it indeed boxing, by now you would expect them to be resting against each other in a clinch position.

Australia skipper Steve Smith shined with the bat and contributed 111 runs.

Ashwin made 30 before he was trapped leg-before by Lyon.

Rahul had special praise for the 23-year-old Cummins, who is making a comeback to Test cricket after almost six years in the wilderness.

India recovered after the early loss of opener Murali Vijay withstanding the fire and brimstone from paceman Pat Cummins, who was eventually rewarded with the wicket of Lokesh Rahul in the second session. His footwork against the spinners was as usual assured and, facing short balls, he kept himself out of harm's way.

Injured Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Friday he would play the fourth Test against Australia only if he was 100 percent fit, keeping up the suspense over his participation in the series decider. With the pitch offering significant turn along with good bounce, batting will only get hard in the third and fourth innings in what promises to be a battle of attrition in the next three days.

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