Starc dismisses Kohli: The Australian fast bowler was seen as bringing an end to the Indian captain’s labouring innings.
During the second day of the third Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Melbourne, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc’s short delivery saw the end of India captain Virat Kohli as he nearly gave his wicket away after a labouring innings.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the 123rd over when Kohli’s attempt to ramp a short ball from Starc resulted in him hitting it down the throat of Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch, who was placed over there for the same shot.
After having toiled so hard since yesterday, the smile on Starc’s face was evident of the fact that he has got the breakthrough which his team needed the most. Given the mdoe of dismissal, perhaps, he also realized that he was a tad lucky.
Given the amount of time which Kohli had spent at the crease since yesterday, it was all but natural of him to score a formidable total. In which wasn’t the case, he ended up playing a loose shot to culminate his innings. Kohli ended up scoring 82 (204) with the help of nine fours.
Coming in to bat at his usual No. 4 in the 55th over, Kohli shared a 160-run partnership for the third wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Resuming his innings at 47* in the morning, Kohli completed his 20th Test half-century on the last delivery of the first over today. While Pujara was playing in his archetype manner, Kohli was seen doing the otherwise for seldom do you see not attacking the opposition bowlers after getting his eye in.
Watch the full video of Kohli’s dismissal below:
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 27, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
An innings of restraint, almost denial. Don’t normally use those words to describe a Kohli innings.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 27, 2018
Kohli misses out on century in looking to push the score along. Picking up run rate important now to get Aus in to bat for last half hour or so today. Pujara as fulcrum with others around him to show aggression should be the tactic
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 27, 2018
Most runs in a calendar year in overseas Tests:
1212 Graeme Smith (2008)
1154 Viv Richards (1976)
1138 VIRAT KOHLI (2018) – most for India
1137 Rahul Dravid (2002)
1065 Mohinder Amarnath (1983)
1061 Alastair Cook (2010)#AUSvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 27, 2018
The boundary that Kohli hit the ball before he got out took the partnership to 170, one more than the previous record for 3rd-wicket stands between the two countries at the MCG – Bradman and Hassett in 1946-47. An old record falls. #AusvInd
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) December 27, 2018