The fourth and final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy between Australia and India got underway in Sydney on Thursday. The visitors enjoyed a field day after winning the toss on the back of a superb century from Cheteshwar Pujara who remained unbeaten on 130 even as India finished on 303/4. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli faced a rare failure and was strangled down the leg-side by Josh Hazlewood early in the third session.
However, just before the session began, Kohli was seen being involved in a cheeky incident took place between the umpire Richard Kettleborough and Kohli. The ever enthusiastic and pumped up Kohli walked into the middle way before the opposition took the field. With time in his hands, he took the red cherry which was already 52 overs old, in his hands and started juggling the ball with his bat.
In the meantime, the umpire was standing beside him at that point in time took the ball away from Kohli and denied him from doing it. It might’ve gone altered the condition of the ball when not in play. Though there was no such intention from Virat, the umpire might have just taken a precautionary step and even Kohli didn’t make much fuss about it.
Here’s the video of Kohli having fun with the ball:
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However, Team India is in a commanding position in the Test match as ended the first day with the score of 303/4. Pujara’s century has put them ahead in the game once again. He got great support from Mayank Agarwal who scored his second half-century making a statement. The duo added 116 runs for the second wicket after losing KL Rahul early in the day. Since then, the visitors dominated the proceedings.
Despite the fall of Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the final session, Hanuma Vihari played the second new ball exceptionally well as he looked comfortable at number six. With a lot of runs already on the board, India is putting themselves in a position from where they won’t lose the game and win their first ever Test series on the Australian soil.