The tourists were forced to make two changes to their team after injuries to batsman Rohit Sharma and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma stood close to the ground’s edge. The shadows were creeping across the Optus Stadium. The last session of the second Test’s opening day was set to commence.

Ishant cracked a joke, Kohli laughed hard and it looked as though the two men from Delhi were at Connaught Place, planning some mischief.


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Minutes later, the duo was in the thick of action. Ishant angled one across Peter Handscomb. The Australian cut, the ball flew, Kohli leapt sideways at second slip, his right hand darted out like lightning, and an incredible catch was plucked out.

Australia was 148 for four, and the dismissal marked another belated attempt from India towards winging back into a crucial game that began here on Friday. Still, Australia has the edge and its tail is alive.

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