Jasprit Bumrah said India were "a little surprised" with Virat Kohli's contentious dismissal on day three but is confident they can chase down any target to beat Australia at Perth Stadium.

Virat Kohli's controversial dismissal proved key as Australia took a big step towards levelling the four-match series with India on day three of the second Test.

Kohli added to his overnight 82 to score his 25th Test hundred, but was given out on 123 as Peter Handscomb looked to collect a catch at second slip off Pat Cummins. The soft signal was out and replays were inconclusive as to whether Cummins actually got his fingers under the ball.

A clearly unhappy Kohli trudged off and India soon collapsed, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma quickly departing the crease as India lost three wickets for three runs, slumping from 251-5 to 283 all out in response to Australia's first-innings 326 in Perth.

Aaron Finch was forced to retire hurt on 25 in Australia's second innings after being struck on the right glove, though scans have ruled out serious damage. Despite that blow, Usman Khawaja's unbeaten 41 helped them to 132-4, a lead of 175, at stumps.

Kohli brought up his hundred with an imperious straight drive and, though Hanuma Vihari departed, the India skipper appeared in a position to move the tourists into a lead.

However, his hopes of doing so were ended in contentious circumstances and, while Rishabh Pant (36) provided some resistance, Nathan Lyon had little difficulty knocking off the tail as he took 5-67, moving him into the top 25 all-time Test wicket takers.

There were fears Finch may have broken a finger, his injury leading the umpires to call tea, with India unable to claim a conventional dismissal until Jasprit Bumrah removed Marcus Harris for 20.

Shami impressed for the India attack with 2-23, claiming the wickets of Shaun Marsh (5) and Travis Head (19), which were sandwiched by Handscomb's (13) exit at the hands of Ishant as Australia's middle order wilted.

Yet Khawaja, who scored just 36 in two innings in the first Test defeat, provided a steady presence on an erratic pitch to guide Australia to the close. It will be up to him and captain Tim Paine (8 not out) to set India an imposing target to chase when the hosts resume on day four.

The presence of Virat Kohli at the crease has Ishant Sharma confident that India can seize control of the second Test against Australia on day three.

India captain Kohli ended the second day unbeaten on 82, leading the tourists to a solid position on 172-3 after they made an awful start - slumping to 8-2 after just 31 balls - in pursuit of Australia's 326.

While there is still work to be done when play resumes on Sunday, Ishant says the India dressing room will remain in high spirits as long as Kohli is out in the middle.

"Whenever [Kohli] is batting, we have to feel pretty confident," he told reporters. "We feel good, because we have finished the day in a strong position.

"Hopefully it can continue tomorrow [Sunday]. Right now, I can say it's equal. Hopefully we will win the first session [on Sunday] and turn the game in our favour."

Cheteshwar Pujara supported his skipper with 24 off 103 balls - during a restorative partnership of 74 - before Ajinkya Rahane added 90 alongside Kohli and ended the day 51 not out.

Ishant credited Pujara for keeping the Australia attack at bay in trademark fashion, while heralding the importance of Rahane's knock after the hosts belatedly made a breakthrough.

"We know that when Pujara defends, the ball doesn't go past," Ishant said. "He is someone you need in your team. I have played against him and I know how difficult it is to bowl to Pujara.

"When he plays, he makes the bowlers really tired, it takes its toll. We know that if he stays on the wicket, he can do wonders for the team. It was very unfortunate the way he got out [caught down the leg side off Mitchell Starc]. We don't get those kind of wickets, bowled down the leg and caught behind.

"Then Ajinkya came in and played some pretty good shots to shift the momentum. We ended the day pretty well."

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made unbeaten half-centuries as India battled back against Australia on day two of the second Test, leaving the match in Perth delicately poised. 

A 59-run partnership between Tim Paine (38) and Pat Cummins (19) helped Australia get to 326 before they were bowled out in the first session, with India's response reaching 172-3 by the close of play. 

The tourists had appeared to be in serious trouble after losing opening duo Murali Vijay (0) and KL Rahul (2) in the first six overs of their innings, but Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli (82 not out) dug in from 8-2 to stop the rot in the second session. 

Nathan Lyon (0-34 from 22 overs) and Cummins (0-40 from 17 overs) combined to give little away in an intense battle with Kohli and Pujara, the two batsmen having to wait more than 21 overs between boundaries before the latter eventually fell for 24 to a great catch from wicketkeeper Paine. 

However, Australia had no answer for an unbroken 90-run stand between the India captain and Rahane, who was on 51 not out at stumps.

The hosts had resumed on 277-6 and after a strong start from Paine and Cummins, the latter was bowled by Umesh Yadav (2-78) and Australia's skipper wasted a review after being trapped leg before by Jasprit Bumrah (2-53). 

Mitchell Starc (6) and Josh Hazlewood (0) edged successive deliveries from Ishant Sharma (4-41) to bring an end to Australia's innings, but they wasted no time in putting India under pressure. 

Starc (2-42) cleaned up Vijay with a full, inswinging delivery to make the breakthrough before lunch and Hazlewood (1-50) dismissed Rahul with a stunning yorker after the break, in the process claiming a second early wicket. 

Kohli sent Hazlewood for three fours in the same over but the boundaries dried up for the tourists during the afternoon. 

Cummins thought he had struck a blow in the absorbing battle by getting Pujara lbw on 23, but ball tracking showed the delivery was going over the top of the stumps. However, there was no doubt when Pujara edged Starc down the leg side and was taken by Paine, leaving India three down. 

Rahane picked up the run-rate immediately, with two fours and a six encouraging Kohli to hammer Cummins over gully and bring up his half-century. 

After back-to-back fours off Hazlewood, Rahane reached 50 with a single off Lyon, his efforts helping put India in a competitive position ahead of what looks to be an intriguing Sunday.

Excitement rather than intimidation is the overriding feeling for India captain Virat Kohli, who is not daunted by the green Perth wicket set to greet the tourists for the second Test against Australia on Friday.

The pitch at Perth Stadium is tipped to provide ideal conditions for pace bowlers as India seek to claim a 2-0 lead over Australia in the four-Test series, which would be enough to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

India have historically struggled on the quick and bouncy Australian wickets but Kohli – buoyed by his team's 31-run win in Adelaide – is confident the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah can rattle the host nation.

"I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is," Kohli, who will be without injured pair Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma, told reporters on Thursday.

"I hope no more grass is taken off the pitch. Because that will mean the first three days will be very lively and we as a team are pretty happy with that.

"This pitch is going to offer significantly more to the bowlers than Adelaide. That's something we're very excited about. It's fast ... we're not alien to pitches like this. We've played on these kind of wickets in the past, it's nothing new to us."

"We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now," Kohli added. "We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack.

"When you have four or five fast bowlers who are at the peak of their ability, it's always a great feeling to have in the side.

"For us, as batsmen, it also gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those match-winning significant batting performances because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now.

"We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want. It's a very exciting phase to be in."

Captain Virat Kohli said India were the better team and deserved to win after the tourists a dramatic finish to defeat a gallant Australia in the first Test in Adelaide.

India withstood a nervy finale at Adelaide Oval, where Kohli's men prevailed by just 31 runs as the visitors won the opening Test of a campaign on Australia soil for the first time on Monday.

Australia needed a record fourth-innings run chase to claim victory and despite falling to 156-6 and 235-9 in pursuit of 323, the home side came within a whisker of achieving the improbable before Josh Hazlewood was dismissed with the final ball before tea.

Tension was building prior to Ravichandran Ashwin's match-clinching breakthrough – Kohli visibly agitated as India's search for an historic win was thwarted by an inspiring rearguard display from Australia.

Kohli, however, insisted India were the superior outfit as the series heads to Perth for the second Test, starting Friday.

"It's important to stay calm. The odds were stacked up against them as soon as we got Pat Cummins out," Kohli said during the post-match presentation.

"I wouldn't say I was cool as ice but you try not to show it. It was just a matter of one mistake or one good ball. Super proud to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets to win this Test match. It's up to our batsmen to step up in this series. Pujara and Rahane stood up in this match.

"I thought we were the better team and deserved to win. I think when they bat together like that they are our most solid pair. I think it took a lot of grit and determination to put us past Australia.

"I think our middle order and lower order could've done better. These things are things to keep in mind for Perth. But if you had given me 1-0 up after the first game I would've taken that."

Cheteshwar Pujara was named man of the match after his 123-run display in the first innings, which he followed up with 71 in the second.

"I think playing here before has helped me a lot," Pujara added. "I think what has helped me is the preparation. Ultimately winning the Test match credit to all the bowlers.

"The first innings lead of 15 gave us the belief batting in the second innings. I always back my ability and I've got enough experience."

India created history after withstanding a spirited and tense Australia comeback to win an enthralling opening Test by 31 runs in Adelaide on Monday.

Entering the fifth and final day, India were in the box seat to draw first blood in their pursuit of a maiden Test series victory in Australia, with the hosts four wickets down and needing to produce a record fourth-innings run chase to claim an improbable victory.

India appeared set to cruise to victory at Adelaide Oval when Travis Head (14) and Shaun Marsh (60) fell in the morning session to leave Australia 156-6, but an inspiring rearguard display from Tim Paine (41), Nathan Lyon (38 not out), Pat Cummins (28) and Mitchell Starc (28) frustrated the visitors.

With only one wicket remaining and nerves palpable, Lyon almost singlehandedly achieved the impossible before Josh Hazlewood (13) was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin (3-92) with the final delivery prior to tea as India finally claimed their first victory in the opening match of a Test series in Australia.

Australia resumed on 104-4, requiring 219 runs to beat India, who made two crucial breakthroughs before lunch.

Ishant Sharma (1-48) caught Head off guard as the ball flicked the batsman's glove en route to Ajinkya Rahane and Australia's hopes of victory were dealt a major blow when Marsh departed following a valuable 10th Test fifty – the latter getting the faintest of edges off Jasprit Bumrah's delivery.

There were two reviews in an Ashwin over and Cummins survived both – India's first turned down before Australia successfully had a decision overturned three balls later, granting the tailender a reprieve.

There was no reprieve for Paine after lunch – the captain skying a pull shot, with his thick top edge taken easily by Rishabh Pant much to the joy of Bumrah (3-68).

Starc made a priceless contribution before temptation got the better of him, the big Australian attempting to blast Mohammed Shami (3-65) but it ended with an edge through to Pant.

Despite wickets falling, there was still a sense of belief in the middle, especially after Lyon was put down by Pant but India could breathe a sigh of relief when Virat Kohli showed a safe pair of hands to dismiss Cummins, giving Bumrah his third scalp.

Hazlewood came to the crease and played the ultimate support act to Lyon, who had India fearing the worst until Ashwin and KL Rahul combined to secure just the sixth Test win for the tourists in Australia.

India captain Virat Kohli appeared to be "steeled" by boos from Australia supporters on day three of the first Test in Adelaide, according to Ricky Ponting.

A section of the crowd jeered Kohli when he walked on to bat after Australia coach Justin Langer on Friday criticised the way he celebrated when India took wickets.

Langer told Fox Cricket: "If we did that at the moment we'd be the worst blokes in the world."

Former top-order batsman Ponting, who was himself booed during the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston in 2009, was disappointed by the fans responsible at Adelaide Oval and feels it may have benefited Kohli.

"I don't like seeing it at all. It didn't worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. You've almost got to accept it as acknowledgement for what you've done in the game. But I'd rather not see that happen at all," he told cricket.com.au.

"It'll be water off a duck's back, I'm sure. He's probably had worse things happen to him on a cricket field, I would have thought, than getting booed by a couple of spectators as he walks on.

"If anything, it might have steeled him a little bit more.

"He [was] hardly playing a shot [early in his innings] and he looked like he wanted to really ground the Aussies into the deck."

Kohli made 34 before falling to Nathan Lyon in the final session, with India reaching stumps at 151-3 and with a 166-run lead.

Travis Head, whose 72 on his home ground anchored Australia's first innings of 235, echoed Ponting's sentiments.

"He's a pretty good player and probably doesn't deserve to be booed but that's how it is. It's probably not needed but that's the crowd," said Head.

India bowler Jasprit Bumrah claimed the boos had no effect on Kohli or India, who are simply focused on matters taking place on the pitch.

"I don't think these things are important to us because for us, what happens in that circle is important," said Bumrah.

"Everything else, we can't control. If they want to, they can do whatever they want. As long as we are doing well, we are happy."

Cheteshwar Pujara again frustrated a toiling Australia bowling attack as India built a healthy lead on day three of the first Test in Adelaide.

First-innings centurion Pujara patiently compiled an unbeaten 40 from 127 balls to help his side, who had earlier secured a first-innings advantage of 15, reach stumps 166 ahead on 151-3.

The number three was twice given out off Nathan Lyon deliveries yet overturned both decisions using DRS on a rain-affected day that saw the honours go to the tourists.

Lyon did claim the key wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli (34) late in the evening session, but Australia look set to face a stiff target on a pitch that has so far proved difficult to score on.

After rain halted the start of play by almost an hour, India wasted little time claiming the three wickets required to end the first innings of Australia, who resumed on 191-7.

Mitchell Starc was the first to go as he edged behind to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after being tempted into a big drive by Jasprit Bumrah (3-47).

Travis Head (72) and Lyon (24 not out) claimed some valuable runs, chipping away at India's lead, but the former and Josh Hazlewood (0) fell victim to Mohammed Shami (2-58) in consecutive deliveries, ensuring Australia were dismissed for 235.

After claiming his first Test half-century in Australia, Head was caught behind from a beautiful Shami ball and Hazlewood immediately followed in similar fashion as India wrapped up the innings.

The covers were back on just as India stepped out to begin their second dig and, once the weather cleared, the tourists made a slow and cautious start.

Negotiating the new ball, India only scored 11 runs from nine overs but the run rate soon rose as KL Rahul and Murali Vijay settled at the crease.

Australia did have some success thanks to Starc, who claimed the wicket of Vijay (18) for the second time in the match when the opener edged to Peter Handscomb in the cordon, India reduced to 63-1.

Either side of tea, Lyon twice thought he had Pujara, only to see decisions for caught behind and lbw overturned.

India's first successful review was followed by a needless dismissal in the next over as Rahul tried to loft Hazlewood over mid-off and instead edged through to Tim Paine.

Pujara and Kohli then regained the initiative for India with a third-wicket stand of 71, but that alliance was broken shortly before stumps when the captain was caught at short-leg off Lyon. Australia's off-spinner has now taken Kohli's wicket more than any other bowler in Tests.

 

Cheteshwar Pujara claimed his first century on Australian soil to rescue India from a top-order collapse and leave honours even on day one of the opening Test.

Usman Khawaja said his incredible catch to dismiss Virat Kohli just "stuck" as Australia dominated India early on day one of the first Test.

Virat Kohli expects Australia to try and mentally unsettle the touring India side in their Test series, but does not believe the sledging will reach previous levels.

As Australia and India prepare to do battle over four Tests across the next month, there remains one burning question: How do you stop Virat Kohli?

Ricky Ponting believes Virat Kohli can be "rattled" by Australia with hostile bowling and "a few words" in the upcoming Test series against India.

Touring captain Kohli is one of the world's best batsmen and Ponting is keen to see his former side prevent the India star from finding his groove early in the opening Adelaide Test.

Much has been made of Australia's ethos since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, with the team attempting to change negative perceptions, but Ponting believes this should not stop them from sledging Kohli, particularly if it is backed up with good bowling.

"I don't necessarily believe that you shouldn't try to get under his skin," Ponting told cricket.com.au.

"Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good, hostile bowling and some good, hostile body language around him. We shouldn't sit back and let anyone bully the way we go about playing our cricket, especially at home. They're in our backyard.

"The great Australian teams that I played in always had a few words to say, but it was always on the back of some good, hostile bowling first. You can't do it without it – it's just rubbish otherwise.

"You have to be able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth. You've got to use your actions and your skills and if they do that, then they can definitely unsettle him."

Regarding Australia's attitude in such situations, captain Tim Paine last week said: "We're not concerned about being liked one bit."

Michael Clarke, who skippered the Test team after Ponting, had suggested there was too much emphasis on "being liked" in the Australia camp.

Travis Head says Australia are confident they can put Virat Kohli under pressure in the upcoming Test series with India.

Kohli is rated as the world's top batsman in the longest form after a stunning 2018 that has seen him amass more runs than anyone else.

In his 10 matches this year, Kohli has scored 1063 runs, registering four centuries at an average of 59.05.

He will lead India over the upcoming four matches, with the first starting at Adelaide on Thursday, and Head believes the hosts have the bowling quality to keep him quiet.

"Hopefully the boys get him under control," Head told reporters on Sunday. "I think to face the three big quicks [Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood], I know how much hard work it is.

"If they can put him under enough pressure, everybody in the world is a person, a human.

"So we know he is a good player but I think we have got good bowlers to do this job.

"We are one of the best bowling units in the world, so it is going to be an exciting battle and hopefully we'll come out on top."

And Adelaide-native Head expects the pitch to deliver for both bat and ball, which should make for a thrilling contest.

"I think it has been a new-ball wicket," he added. "Batters have got in once the ball has got a little bit older. 

"Guys have scored runs and it has spun, so the wicket's done everything really well.

"The last time we were here, [Nathan] Lyon took a lot of wickets on day five. So it has spun quite a bit. I think it will be a good wicket all around.

"Hopefully, it's got a lot of pace in it. As the [Sheffield] Shield season has gone on here, wickets have become quicker. So it will be a really good wicket for bat and ball and it will be a really good contest."

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