India made significant strides on the third day of the first Test in Adelaide as they built up an overall lead of 166 runs against Austalia. Meanwhile, the bowlers provided a crucial 15-run lead in the rain-interrupted first session. Following which, the openers showed proper application to extend the lead further through a 63-run opening stand.

Meanwhile, the day started with a 45-minute delay because of rain. And when play began, Mitchell Starc, the other overnight batsman with Head, came out looking to be positive and survived a few nervous moments against India’s pacers in his knock of 15. It came to an end when he edged behind a full delivery from Jasprit Bumrah before rain stopped play once again.

The ninth-wicket stand worth 31 was helping Australia dream about a lead, but Mohammed Shami put a quick end to those hopes. He bagged two wickets to clean up the tail to give India a crucial reply.

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In reply, the partnership between KL Rahul and M Vijay, their first 50-plus stand outside home, saw them correct their mistakes from the first innings,

KL Rahul was the first of the two to break the self-imposed shackles, going for repeated big drives against the pacers. It earned him boundaries and a stunning six as well but also to his eventual downfall at 44, when Hazlewood had him caught behind. A short while before that Vijay had edged a loose shot to second slip off Mitchell Starc as Australia bagged both in the space of 13 runs.

Since then, last innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli showed enough grit and patience to extend the lead. The duo batted brilliantly putting the odd loose balls to the boundary. However, Nathan Lyon, Australia’s chief architect produced a magical delivery to dismiss Virat Kohli (34) to keep the hosts in the game.

Rahane and Pujara see it off till the stumps to avoid any further damage to go back with a lead of 166 runs.

Here is how the Twitter reacted as India looks in line to gain a massive lead: