India Fights Back

India shows some fight in day three of the fourth Test.

Robert Whiteby Robert White


India finally put together some decent play on day three of the fourth Test, but the visiting side left the Adelaide Oval not all that happy.

Virat Kohli notched 116 in 236 minutes but complained about the Australian side and the drunken crowd as thousands turned out to watch the game on the Australia Day national holiday.

India will need to hold back the tears and continue to produce as Australian has a 382 run lead with seven wickets and a full two days still in hand.

With wickets falling all around him, Kohli, on 99, attempted a crazy single which created a bit of a hoorah featuring a number of players. In typical cricket fashion the whole thing was little more than a bit of pleasantries exchanged in the middle, but it made headlines nevertheless.

In post-game press conference Kohli accused the Australian bowlers as he held back the tears. He later went on to say that Australia fans only come to games to get drunk and abuse players.

"They sledge when they get frustrated. I mean, obviously it was hot out there and constantly they were sledging the players so that they could spoil our concentration. In Sydney, they were after me because I wasn't scoring and today they were pissed because I got a hundred, so it hasn't changed much, but the reasons have changed,” he said referring to the Australian side.

Peter Siddle bowled brilliantly for Australia and took five wickets, including the scalp of Sachin Tendulkar for just 25, at the costs of just 49 runs. He did all of his damage in just 15 overs. Ben Hilfenhaus also contributed with three wickets.

As the day closed, Australia had lost their first three batsmen while Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke, the heroes of the first innings, remained at the crease and were hoping to quash any further hopes of an Indian comeback.