No serious concern about Kohli's shoulder injury: BCCI

RANCHI, India Virat Kohli should be fit to continue for India after injuring his shoulder during the first day of the third test against Australia, team bosses suggested on Thursday.The India captain missed much of the day's play after damaging his right shoulder while fielding near the boundary.Deputy Ajinkya Rahane took over.But the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement on its website that scans had shown "no serious concerns"."The BCCI medical team confirms that Indian captain Virat Kohli is presently undergoing treatment to recuperate from a strain in his right shoulder", it said.

Vijay, meanwhile, kept the one end anchored and played a patient innings.

By far Indias best batsman in the current series, this was Rahuls fifth half-century in Test cricket. Maxwell also hit two sixes and faced 185 balls in his four-hour vigil, the longest he has spent at the crease in an worldwide match. The batsman had nowhere to go against a quick and rising delivery, and it nicked his glove on its way to the wicketkeeper.

He made an unbeaten 112-ball 42, and stitched an unbeaten 29 run stand for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara. Glenn Maxwell lost the bottom half of this bat.

Maxwell surpassed in his very first innings of the series the 48 runs that Mitchell Marsh had totalled in his four during the first two tests and the all-rounder is not done yet. "There were 300-400 scenarios in my head, and a lot of them weren't good".

"I personally have never played with him so I'm not sure if it's normal or something different but I think he looked petty calm and relaxed", Renshaw said.

"I wanted to make this opportunity count". Virat Kohli's shoulder injury during the Ranchi Test against Australia is not as bad as it was feared to be. "He's going to undergo some scans later today", he added.

Maxwell (104) was caught behind off Jadeja soon after reaching the three-figures to end a stellar 191-run stand with his skipper.

Earlier, Australia posted an imposing 451 in their first innings. He batted for a mammoth 512 minutes, facing 361 deliveries, and hit 17 fours.

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers taking two wickets, as spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja finished the day with a wicket apiece.

This was after Australia were precariously placed at 140 for 4 with Umesh Yadav (2/63 in 19 overs) providing a fantastic exhibition of reverse swing bowling. It is still quite good for batting.

"Singles are coming easily and the outfield is so fast that you just need to place it in the gap and it would race to the boundary", he said.

That was however, the last time Indian players and the home crowd would celebrate on the day as Smith and Maxwell joined forces to engineer a superb turnaround for the visitors.

Jadeja ran out last man Josh Hazlewood (0) to deny Smith any chance of getting a second double century of his career.

  • Julie Sanders