Captain Virat Kohli scored a masterful 25th hundred and helped India to 252 for seven at lunch on day three of the third Test against Australia here Sunday. The Indian skipper scored 123 runs, facing 257 balls, inclusive of 13 fours and a six, the first hundred in Perth since Sachin Tendulkar's effort back in 1992 (114 at WACA Ground).
Thanks to his efforts, at the time of writing, India only trail by 74 runs. At lunch, Rishabh Pant was batting on 14 not out with Ishant Sharma yet to face a ball as India lost three wickets for 29 runs in the second hour of play this morning. But Kohli fell before lunch, edging Pat Cummins (1-54) to second slip where Peter Handscomb just got his fingers under the ball. TV replays were not sufficient enough to overturn the on-field umpire's soft signal of dismissal.
The incident gave rise to a heated debate amongst cricket experts and fans on social media with some suggesting that the ball had bounced before reaching Handscomb's fingers while others saying that the decision was correct as the third umpire didn't have enough evidence to suggest otherwise.
Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) December 16, 2018
I know there will be a lot of debate on the Kohli dismissal but it is critical to note that the law says there must be conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field umpire's decision. Kohli thought it bounced but historically those have been given out (more)— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 16, 2018
Kohli was out or not out ? What do u say guys ??— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 16, 2018
The visitors lost another wicket in this short passage as Mohammed Shami (0), again batting ahead of Ishant, edged Lyon behind first ball.
India had won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
(With PTI inputs)