As the Indian skipper Virat Kohli came out to bat at walked-in to bat at Number 3 while India was chasing a mammoth target of 375 runs, the viewers had high hopes of witnessing a masterclass from the Chase Master in the series opener of the three-match ODI series against Australia in Sydney. However, the fans were left disappointed as Virat failed to live up to his reputation and managed just 21 runs.
In his short innings of 21 runs in 21 balls, Kohli managed to entertain his fans as he played some delightful strokes. The Indian star had a torrid start as he had managed to score just 1 of the first six balls when Australia had the chance to send him back. In the seventh over, Kohli top-edged a Pat Cummins delivery towards at fine-led where Adam Zampa was standing. It was a regulation catch but to everyone’s surprise, Zampa failed to hold on to it.
As if that was not enough, Kohli rubbed more salt to Zampa’s injuries by smashing two back-to-back fours in the same over. Apart from two fours, Virat had also smashed an audacious maximum in his knock. The six by the Indian skipper can be arguably considered as the best shot of the day.
In the second ball of the ninth over, Cummins didn’t get the right length and Kohli played a flick shot to send the ball beyond the ropes. It was a pure beauty by the Indian captain as he brilliantly executed a bottom-handed flick over backward square-leg. Kohli’s innings came to an end in the very next over as Josh Hazlewood delivered a short ball and Kohli went through the pull only to be caught by Aaron Finch at short mid-wicket. Finch didn’t repeat the mistakes of Zampa and neatly completed the catch.
Kohli’s dismissal initiated a collapse of the middle-order as he was soon followed by Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul perished at the scores of 2 and 12 runs respectively. India went on to lose by 66 runs, in the end, to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the ODI series.
Jeez what a shot😍 pic.twitter.com/OCOoJ2HZGb
— chaitanya (@chaitu_20) November 27, 2020