Aussies take 76-run lead in Perth Test

Nathan Lyon bagged five wickets as Virat Kohli was controversially dismissed in the second Test.Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch both weathered blows as reached 0-33 at tea on day three of the second Test, enhancing their lead to 76 runs in Perth.

Tea was called on Sunday when Finch was struck on the right glove by a rearing delivery from Mohammed Shami and immediately called for assistance.

Harris, hit on the helmet by a 142.5 km/h ball from Jasprit Bumrah earlier in the session, was assessed for concussion by ‘s team doctor and cleared to continue his innings.

Finch is on 25, while Harris is unbeaten on seven after being dropped on one by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip.

Earlier, stoic skipper Virat Kohli’s outstanding century ended in contentious fashion as India were bowled out for 283.

Kohli, who marched to the crease with India in deep trouble at 2-8 on Saturday, outclassed ‘s star-studded attack in a knock of 123 to doggedly shift momentum in the match.

The gifted right-hander was out edging to Pat Cummins in the penultimate over of Sunday’s morning session, with the dismissal upheld after third umpire Nigel Llong agonised over every angle of Peter Handscomb’s slips catch to see whether it carried.

Llong eventually decided there wasn’t conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field call and reprieve Kohli, who clearly thought otherwise as he trudged off Optus Stadium without acknowledging the crowd.

Kohli’s dismissal sparked a collapse of 3-3 but Rishabh Pant, dropped on 15 when he hammed the ball back at Cummins, counter-punched with a quick-fire 36 from 50 deliveries.

Nathan Lyon wrapped up the innings by dismissing Pant and Jasprit Bumrah in the same over to finish with a haul of 5-67.

The hosts struck in Sunday’s opening over, when Lyon had Ajinkya Rahane caught behind on 51, then Mitchell Starc struck Kohli’s left elbow during the following over.

Kohli didn’t flinch. The superstar was unperturbed by either setback, with an ice pack in the morning drinks break the only treatment he received during the session.

Kohli brought up the 25th ton of his Test career – and record-equalling sixth in – with a sweetly-timed straight drive off Starc’s second delivery with the second new ball.

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