Published: Mon, December 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India captain Virat Kohli blunts the Australia attack

India captain Virat Kohli blunts the Australia attack

Respective team captains continued their personal sledge-fest in an at-times heated first session, Fox Cricket reported Monday.

During the 71st over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, the respective captains were seen exchanging words after Kohli made a decision to field close to the non-striker and Gaffaney had to step in. "You guys are the captains", umpire Gaffaney said as he got in between the pair.

"He's one of the greatest of all time to ever play the game and to get recognised from him is a massive honour", Lyon told reporters.

Paine to Kohli: You're the one that lost it yesterday. Paine was heard saying to Kohli. "Why are you trying to be cool today?"

Paine replied; "we're just having a conversation".

Paine: Keep your cool Virat.

Kohli's response wasn't recorded, but the Indian skipper could be seen with a rather cheeky grin on his face. Paine tried to evade his opponent as the pair bumped chests mid-pitch.

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Nathan Lyon hopes to provide a desperately-needed tonic for Australia's beleaguered supporters after the veteran off-spinner's five-wicket haul helped his side build an ominous lead in an enthralling second Test against India.

Tensions bubbled on day three when Kohli and teammates appealed vociferously for a caught-behind appeal in the final over, desperate to dismiss Paine.

"I don't think we read too much into it, we go about our work as we see fit and the Indians can do what they like".

Australia needs five wickets to level the series while India required 175 runs in a minimum 90 overs on the last day.

Australia pacemen Mitchell Starc (1-28) and Josh Hazlewood (2-24) struck in tandem to remove K.L. Rahul (0) and Cheteshwar Pujara (4).

Praising Usman Khawaja's 72-run inning, which placed the hosts in a commanding position, the seamer said, "With Steve and Dave not here, a bit more pressure falls on Usman".

Kohli, who hit 123 in the first innings, pushed searchingly at Lyon, and edged to Usman Khawaja at slip.

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