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Virat Kohli-Ajinkya Rahane special lights up MCG on Day 3

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane put on 262 runs which helped India end the day's play at 462/8.

Murali Vijay, India vs Australia

The didn't get off to an ideal start for India who lost Cheteshwar Pujara early and saw their in-form batsman take a fierce blow on his helmet. Mitchell Johnson shook up Murali Vijay early in the day's play. The bouncer didn't do much physical damage but did affect the batsman's concentration a bit. (Source: AP)

Murali Vijay, India vs Australia, Ryan Harris

The bouncer tactic worked for Australia as they got rid of India's new Mr. Dependable, who was out playing a lazy shot off Ryan Harris' bowling. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli, India vs Australia, Virat Kohli India

Virat Kohli walked out to bat as early as the first over of the day's play. India were in a okay position but there was a mountain to climb. With Vijay not lasting long, onus was on Kohli to steady the Indian innings. (Source: AP)

Ajinkya Rahane, India vs Australia

Kohli was well complimented by Ajinkya Rahane as the duo dropped anchor and scored crucial runs in the process. They dealt with short stuff with ease, and dispatched the loose balls with disdain. (Source: AP)

Ajinkya Rahane, India vs Australia

Rahane was the first of the two to reach the three-figure mark, and he made most of the life he got when Nathan Lyon dropped a sitter off his own bowling. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli, India vs Australia

While it seemed Kohli would reach their first, the incident in the picture above and frequent verbal volleys shook his concentration a bit. He survived some tense moments before eventually reaching the milestone. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli, India vs Australia

It was a typical Kohli celebration which followed and he was a relieved man after surviving those nervous 90s. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli, India vs Australia

The Indian vice-captain acknowledged the crowd and got back to business. He took the attack to the opposition and continued the show even as wickets tumbled at the other end. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli, India vs Australia

Kohli has been criticised for not scoring big hundreds. He did get the little monkey off his back when he reached the 150-run mark. (Source: AP)

India vs Australia, India Australia

While Kohli continued the show, he fell short of support from the other end. Australia bowled well late in the day to trigger another Indian collapse. (Source: AP)

India vs Australia, India Australia

India ended the day's play at 462/8 with Kohli being the last man dismissed. They still trail by 68 runs and would hope the tail to wag and get them close to the Australian total. (Source: AP)