Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian Minister says she has 'Cricket Crush' on Virat Kohli

Australian Minister says she has 'Cricket Crush' on Virat Kohli

Though Indian captain Virat Kohli is not his team's highest scorer in the ongoing Test series in Australia like the previous overseas tours of South Africa and England, yet his fan following in those parts of the world is constantly growing.

The broad face of Pujara's at times seemingly impassable bat, must loom large in the nightmares of Australia's bowling quartet after he achieved several more landmarks on day one of the fourth Test in Sydney on Thursday.

At stumps, Pujara was unbeaten on 130 off 250 balls with 16 boundaries with Hanuma Vihari 39 not out, sharing a 75-run partnership.

Australia could manage only one wicket in the first session at the SCG with Josh Hazlewood with the sole breakthrough of KL Rahul for 9 in the second over of the day. The home side then drew level with a fine win at Perth.

Pujara, however, would just not budge, taking his run tally in the series to 458 and adding another century to those that helped India to wins in Adelaide and Melbourne.

Agarwal continued his impressive introduction to test cricket with another half century.

He survived to reach the half-century mark by punching the ball through the covers for four to become only the third Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar and Shaw to score fifties in two of their first three Test innings.

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Agarwal and Pujara put on 116 for the second wicket before the former tried to smash a Nathan Lyon delivery for six and was caught at long-on by Mitchell Starc.

Master batsman Kohli was welcomed by boos from a section of the crowd and immediately silenced them with an exquisite four off Hazlewood.

The methodical 30-year-old has been by far the best batsman from either side across the series and his ton followed a stellar 123 in the first Test in Adelaide and 106 in the third Test at Melbourne.

"We saw in the UAE his leg spin's improved out of sight, and you're nearly leaning towards him at Test level now as a bit of an all-round option, which is a really good package for us".

For Paine, it was the sixth toss he had lost in seven Tests and it could prove costly on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch expected to be conducive to spin as it wears.

But after a restrained 23 Hazlewood snared him in the first over after tea, caught behind by wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

When Australia bat, they will have a new-look opening pair with Usman Khawaja padding up with Marcus Harris after the underperforming Aaron Finch was axed.

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