Virat Kohli’s troubles against spin continued in the first Test against Australia in Nagpur as he was dismissed by debutant Todd Murphy in the first ball after Lunch on Day 2. Kohli, who walked in to bat after Cheteshwar Pujara top-edged a sweep shot to short fine leg in the morning session, hit a couple of confident straight drives for fours and went to the break unharmed. But he was out as soon as play resumed in the second session with Murphy bowling a delivery that pitched around the leg stump and spun a little bit. Kohli went for the flick shot and ended up getting a tickle to the Australian keeper Alex Carey, who showed great reflexes to hold on to a sharp catch. Veteran India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik termed it as “one of the worst possible manners” for a batter to get out. India captain Rohit Sharma easily appeared to be the best batter in the display from both sides. Resuming at 56, he went to Lunch at 85. Four overs after dismissing Ashwin, Murphy had Cheteshwar Pujara (7) playing a loose shot and caught by Scott Boland at fine leg.
Today: December 4, 2023