Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane defy red-hot Australia attack to guide India to safety on Day 2 at Perth
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane forged an unbroken 90-run third-wicket stand on Day 2 to guide India to 172/3 at stumps in response to Australia's first innings score of 326.
Electing to bat, Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara shared 61 runs after the fall of Mayank Agarwal (13) early. India lost three wickets in the afternoon session before debutant Iyer and Jadeja added an unfinished 113 runs to take India across the 250-mark.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma struck half-centuries after Harshal Patel shone on debut with a haul of 2/25 as India clinched the three-T20I series with a game to spare.
Rahane, who averages 19 in 11 Test matches this year, seemed under visible pressure as he reasoned that even a "30, 40 or 50" from a specialist top-order batter would be an acceptable contribution provided the team wins.