The focus of the day was on Kohli accomplishing a number of goals that he had not attained in several months due to a dry run. He became unbeatable on 59 overnight, becoming the first player in sixteen attempts to reach fifty. As play began, the new ball had only been used for five overs, but after just one over of Cameron Green, Smith shifted to an all-spin attack.
In the first few overs, Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy both succeeded in moving the ball past the bat, but not accurately enough for the umpires to get involved. After scoring unusually slowly the previous day, Ravi Jadeja's batting shown a greater sense of urgency throughout the first 30 minutes, which ultimately proved to be his downfall. He attempted to pursue Murphy after scoring 28, but instead chipped a straightforward catch to mid-on to break a 64-run fourth wicket partnership.