My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth Test

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On a pitch that has continually thrown up question marks to the batsmen, India's bowlers will be keen to topple the remaining batters and limit the run chase to try and take the 2-0 series lead.

"I'm relieved personally", he said.

"As a team I think we played well in patches which we can hold onto".

Tensions flared-up towards the end of day three with none other than the two captains, Virat Kohli and Tim Paine, exchanging verbal volleys as the second Test between India and Australia headed for a nail-biting finish.

India were bundled out for 283, shy of the Aussies' total by 43 runs, thanks to the brilliant bowling of Lyon who claimed 5/67 on a wicket the Indian's opted against bringing in a full time spinner.

In reaching triple figures, Kohli became the second-fastest player to reach 25 Test centuries in terms of innings with 127, behind only Don Bradman (68) and ahead of his countryman Tendulkar (130). They are relentless even if they aren't getting wickets which is a great quality. Both captains though insisted after the game that all that was said was on the field and in keeping with the spirit of the game.

Despite his revelation, Langer was effusive in his praise of the Optus Stadium wicket that he said reminded him of the "heyday" of wickets in Perth.

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Australian coach Justin Langer has revealed that he considered declaring on day four due to the risky nature of the Optus Stadium pitch.

Australia´s paceman Mitchell Starc (L) celebrates the dismissal of India´s batsman Hanuma Vihari (R) during day five of the second Test in Perth on December 18, 2018. "It was expected that it will have something from the third and fourth day, which has happened".

Unfortunately, the Paine-Kohli battle will have to wait until the Boxing Day Test to reignite after the Indian captain was dismissed by Nathan Lyon for the seventh time in his career on 17 runs.

"Whatever we get is going to need to be enough ..."

India opener Prithvi Shaw will miss remainder of the Test series against Australia after failing to recover completely from the ankle injury he picked during the one-off warm-up match.

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