Most top-order India batters were adjudged leg-before on the front-foot, barring skipper Rohit Sharma, who was bowled playing across the line. The worrying trend was India batters playing the Australian spinners with their pads as the first line of defence. However, Axar and Ashwin applied the strategy to consistently counter-attack the bowlers despite the fall of seven wickets. But once Murphy, playing his second Test, and debutant Kuhnemann dismissed the duo in quick succession, things went downhill quickly for the hosts. Kohli, who played with a lot of composure and was looked good for a big score, would consider himself unlucky that he had to head back due to an umpire's call.
MELBOURNE: Virat Kohli’s sensational straight six off a super quick Haris Rauf delivery will go down as one of the best shots played in T20 World Cup history, reckons Australian legend Ricky Ponting. “I’m not sure what all the fuss is about,” Ponting said in his inimitable style before raving over the first six. “It’s going to go down as one of the most remembered and talked about shots probably in - I won’t say white-ball cricket history - but certainly T20 World Cup history,” he told the T20 World Cup website. Kohli himself had admitted that he had to find those two sixes off Rauf to keep his team in the game. Ponting feels Kohli’s supreme fitness also allowed him to attempt that stroke.4 months ago dtnext
"The power game in T20 cricket is still being explored because there is a mixture. And it's let itself be vulnerable through the middle of the order," said Hayden. And the challenges and the humps along the way, they cement you and your greatness, how you achieve under adversity. And as we all know about the weather, once there's a lull, there's often a storm that follows. So look out, rest of the world, because I think you're about to see something very special from Babar," he added.4 months ago dtnext
KOCHI: A Boxing Day encounter pits Kerala Blasters FC against Odisha FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Monday. Blasters will be looking to even things out this time around, as Odisha FC came back from a goal down to take all three points in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Since the end of October, Blasters have played six games, won five of them, and drawn just one. "I think it is one of the most important matches of the season because both sides are level on points. "It is a very good game to play against a very good side in Kerala [Blasters].3 months ago dtnext