Paine exchanges verbals with Vijay: The Australian captain was seen exchanging verbals with Indian opening batsman.
During the fourth day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Perth, Australia captain Tim Paine was seen throwing verbals at India opening batsman in Murali Vijay.
Given the significant amount of banter which persisted between Paine and India captain Virat Kohli during Australia’s second innings since yesterday, it was all but obvious that the same would be witnesses during the Indian innings.
It all happened in the 22nd over of the Indian innings when Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon was bowling to Vijay. Having taken the huge wicket of Kohli, Lyon had already turned the fortunes towards his team’s side.
“Murali, I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke,” Paine was caught as saying on the stump mic in the same over. The fact that Vijay played on a delivery on the penultimate ball of the same over would have rejoiced Paine for his efforts with the words paid off instantly.
Vijay, who looked composed for his 20 (67), was giving impressions of playing in his archetype manner before getting out. Another failure in the series has made it four in a row. For someone who is making a comeback into the team, it might get difficult for him to press for another chance.
With Vijay walking back to the pavilion, India lost their fourth wicket. By the time the day’s play got over, India lost another batsman in vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (30). Still requiring 175 runs to win the match, the match seems to be all but over for the visitors. If the last specialist batting pair of Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant seal an unlikely chase on this Perth wicket, it will be one of the all-time bests in the history of the game.
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“Murali, I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke”
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 17, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the match below:
“If you get out you can go out and disco tonight. Good circuit on a Monday night in Perth.”
— 7 Cricket (@7Cricket) December 17, 2018
Who’s at fault here? Or play on? https://t.co/oSuoUXQ2uG
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 17, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 17, 2018
Lyon and Hazlewood strike in the final session of day four to put Australia in a strong position to level the series in Perth. India are 112/5 at stumps, needing 175 runs on the final day to claim victory.#AUSvIND scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/viG01Bpvlc pic.twitter.com/edmRkR9Mqr
— ICC (@ICC) December 17, 2018
The Aussies are back…. https://t.co/BfGay3v4Qr
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 17, 2018
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 17, 2018