On this pitch India's lead of 166 is a very significant one on this pitch. And there's batting to come. Have to say, from here on, this is India's Test to win or lose #AUSvIND
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) December 8, 2018
Lyon is now the most successful bowler to Kohli. #AUSvIND — Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 8, 2018
Lyon dismissed Kohli for the sixth time in Test cricket, the most for any bowler and it had Twitter talking.
VKohli's innings of 34 today occupied 104 balls. His two other Test innings of 34 took 61 and 92 balls. #restrained
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) December 8, 2018
Kohli’s dismissal gives Aus sniff of a comeback in the Test though 165 behind and 7 wickets still to take. India would like to stretch lead to 300+ if possible, which means batting out 2 sessions tomorrow. Patience and diligence essential — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 8, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 8, 2018
Earlier, rain played hide and seek in the morning session but thanks to Mohammed Shami, India managed to bowl out Australia for 235, gaining a slender 15-run lead.
India have done really well here.... #AUDvIND now a Virat special to set it up for Ashwin. — Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 8, 2018
Well played @travishead34 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🏏 #72
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 8, 2018
Rishabh Pant ended with six catches in the first innings to equal an Indian record.
6 - most catches by an Indian keeper in a Test inns: MS Dhoni at Wellington 2009 and Rishabh Pant today!#AusvInd#AusvsInd — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 8, 2018
It was important for India to start well with the bat in the second innings and Murali Vijay and KL Rahul mixed caution with aggression well to notch up their first ever 50-run opening stand away from home in Tests.
This is the 1st fifty partnership for 1st wkt by an IND pair in 3rd innings of a Test in AUS since 1981.
Chetan Chauhan & Gavaskar were the last and 1st Indian opening pair to collect 50+ runs in 3rd innings at Melbourne in 1981. Their stand was of 165 runs.#INDvAUS #AUSvIND
— Abhishek Kumar (@abhik2593) December 8, 2018
Rahul’s deep intent to ensure he retains his place finds expeession in some breathtaking strokes. Pitch seems to be at its best for batting yet, India must capitalise #INDvAUS — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 8, 2018
The unthinkable has happened. @klrahul11 and @mvj888 have a 50 partnership outside India for the first time. #AUSvIND
— Anindya Dutta (@Cric_Writer) December 8, 2018
Corridor Of Carnage#AusvIndia https://t.co/UVliWOLXdY — Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) December 8, 2018
Both of them though were guilty of not converting those starts and departed in quick succession.
Why does Vijay need to fish when Rahul is catching whales at the other end?
— Sidvee (@sidvee) December 8, 2018
Rahul's played a lot of false shots and had this coming right from the start. M Vijay too didn't seem to learn from the first inns. #AUSvIND — Rishad D'souza (@RDcric) December 8, 2018
KL Rahul ticks a lot of boxes and then plays a nothing shot to nick off. Kohli walks out to boos for the first time this series ... #AUSvIND
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) December 8, 2018
Virat Kohli then brought up 1000 Test runs in Australia, becoming the fifth Indian to do so.
1000 Test runs for Virat Kohli in Australia in just 18 innings! Among visitors, only four Englishmen have done it quicker.#AusvInd#AusvsInd — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 8, 2018
Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and outside. #AUSvIND #AUSvsIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 8, 2018
Kohli’s stand with Pujara steadied India as they kept adding on to the lead and in the process, tiring down the Australian bowlers.
Kohli & Pujara have batted for 25 overs now and have scored 45 runs in between them at 1.83 RPO. Some proper batting amid what all Australia has thrown at them, Lyon has been menacing, the seamers haven't given away anything. — Clive (@vanillawallah) December 8, 2018
Pujara had his fair share of luck when he was given out twice but thanks to DRS, managed to overturn both the decisions. His battle with Lyon though was one of the plays of the day.
What a battle between Lyon and Pujara!!!! #lovingit #TestCricket #AusvInd
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) December 8, 2018
If anyone wanted to summarize the day for India in one tweet, it was this.
Well, nothing can dampen @imVkohli's mood, isn't it? #AUSvINDpic.twitter.com/7hIQ2XGNSx — cricketnext (@cricketnext) December 8, 2018