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Michael Clarke lauds 'unbelievable' Kohli, 'exceptional' Rahane after India fightback in Perth Test

The former Australian skipper was all praise for the duo after they led India's fightback when the visitor's top order collapsed early on Day 2.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 15, 2018 20:31 IST ]
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Virat Kohli stitched a 90-run unbroken partnership with Ajinkya Rahane by stumps

Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke was all praise for the Indian captain and his deputy after they led the visitors on a rather tricky wicket in Perth.  Skipper Virat Kohli played a pivotal role with a gritty 82, lifting India from a double blow at the beginning of innings to 172 for three in the second Test against Australia on day 2.

Kohli's unbeaten knock, coupled with Ajinkya Rahane's counterattacking 51, helped India to not only overcome the cheap dismissals of Murali Vijay (2) and K L Rahul (2), but also put the visitors in a position from where they can look to dominate the rest of the game.

Clarke took to his Twitter account to praise the duo's performances and leading India's fightback. His caption wrote,'High praise for the fight that India have shown today after being 2 wickets for 8 runs. @imVkohli unbelievable! @ajinkyarahane88 exceptional!' 

The India captain stitched a 90-run unbroken partnership with Rahane by stumps on the second day, the stand coming after he added 74 with Adelaide hero Cheteshwar Pujara (24) for the third wicket. 

This was after Australia's tail wagged to add 49 runs to their overnight total to finish at 326. India trailed by 154 more runs.

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