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India vs Australia | Twitter Gushes over Virat Kohli’s Innings as India Fight Back

One might have expected India to be unruffled after they lost bother their openers early in hunt of Australia's 326.

Cricketnext Staff |December 15, 2018, 4:59 PM IST
India vs Australia | Twitter Gushes over Virat Kohli’s Innings as India Fight Back

India seemed to be in a bit of a bother when they lost both openers early in hunt of Australia's first-innings 326. But Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane stepped up to the plate when the situation demanded and crafted out brilliant knocks to help India end Day 2 on a decent note.

The morning started off in a nervy fashion for India. Tim Paine and Pat Cummins looked solid and went on to bring up their fifty-run stand. It was déjà vu as the hosts edged close to the 350-run mark.

But finally Umesh Yadav provided the breakthrough for India, removing Pat Cummins. And soon the lower order followed.

The Indian openers failed to get their act together. While Mitchell Starc cleaned up Murali Vijay with an in-swinger, KL Rahul was removed by a near-unplayable yorker by Josh Hazlewood.

Virat Kohli then arrived at the crease and the atmosphere around the ground changed. He started with some lovely boundaries through midwicket and a couple of drives down the ground.

What unfolded in the second session was an enthralling battle between Australia’s foursome and Kohli and Pujara. The latter’s knock came to a tame end but then Ajinkya Rahane decided that he was going to battle fire with fire!

Rahane and Kohli brought up their 13th Test fifty stand. It included some fabulous shots, like this drive from Kohli.

Kohli and Rahane led the side to Stumps at 172 for 3, trailing by 154 runs. And the fabulous day’s play had everybody gushing for more.

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