Mitchell Johnson bouncer shakes up Virat Kohli and Aussies
STAND-in India captain Virat Kohli's innings - a brilliant 115 - could have gone pear-shaped from the very first ball he faced yesterday on day three of the first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval.
It was a pinpoint bouncer delivered from express quick Mitchell Johnson, hitting Kohli just above the badge on his helmet.
While India finished the day on a commendable 5-369 after Australia had declared at its overnight score of 7-517, the talking point of the day's play was the Johnson bouncer.
Johnson, known for his uncompromising aggression, raced forward to see if Kohli was okay.
So did Steve Smith, David Warner and Brad Haddin, who were playing the day their former teammate Phillip Hughes was fatally struck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game at the end of last month.
Johnson looked shaken by the incident, too, but Kohli quickly assured every
one he was okay.
He recovered to score his second ton in Australia - both in Adelaide - with the Indian top order supporting him to trail Australia by 148 runs.
One bowler who managed to get back to business well was Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who picked up the big wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (73) and Ajinkya Rahane (62).
Lyon toiled hard for his figures of 2-103, particularly after Murali Vijay (53) took to him early in the day, hitting him for two sixes.
Vijay faced 88 deliveries before Johnson dismissed him caught behind.
Lyon's delivery to get rid of Rahane was a beauty - a quicker, bouncier ball that took off after hitting the deck, taking Rahane's glove and ballooning to Shane Watson.
After opening quick Ryan Harris knocked over Shikhar Dhawan's stumps for 25, with India's score on 30, the visitors recovered beautifully through an 81-run partnership between Pujara and Murali Vijay.
Kohli and Rahane then combined for a 101-run partnership to further frustrate the hosts.
But Johnson bowled another beautiful bouncer at Kohli late in the day to have him out hooking, with Harris taking a terrific diving catch in the deep to set up an intriguing day four today.
Rohit Sharma (33) and keeper Wriddhiman Saha (1) were the not out bats-men.
Australia 1st innings 7-517 (dec)
Pakistan 1st innings
M Vijay c Haddin b Johnson
S Dhawan b Harris
C Pujara b Lyon
V Kohli c Harris b Johnson
A Rahane c Watson b Lyon
R Sharma not out
W Saha not out
Bowling: MG Johnson 18-5-90-2, R Harris 17-5-49-1, N Lyon 30-3-103-2, P Siddle 13-2-62-0, M Marsh 11-4-29-0, S Watson 5-1-13-0, S Smith 3-0-19-0
FOW: 30, 111, 192, 293, 367