2nd Test Australia vs India Perth: India skipper Virat Kohli smashed Josh Hazlewood for three scorching boundaries in an over of Josh Hazlewood, who had his tails up after getting KL Rahul with a cocker yorker. India was pegged back by the Australian seamer as they lost both their opener with the score 9/2 when the Indian captain walked out to bat. The counter-attack launched by the India skipper somewhat surprised the Aussies, who thought Indians will look to block and leave the balls. The first boundary was when Hazlewood overpitched the ball on Kohli’s pads, somewhere he loves it, Kohli flicked it on the leg-side for a boundary. Then Kohli played a picture perfect straight-drive, which was followed by another flick of his legs on the leg side. Also Read - Virat Kohli Gets Vaccinated, Urges Everyone to Stay Safe | PIC
Watch him hit the three boundaries. Also Read - Shikhar Dhawan or Shreyas Iyer? In Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli's Absence - Who Will Lead India During Sri Lanka Tour?
Meanwhile, Kohli and Pujara has stitched a 50-run-stand and are trying their level best to get the Indian innings back on track.
With India in trouble, it will be up to the best Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli get stuck in and bail India out of this situation. Pujara has been in ominous form and it is time for Kohli to make a statement at Perth after two low scores at Adelaide.
Earlier, the Indians had their tail up when they got the last 4 wickets of the hosts for 16 runs. But they have been quickly quietened in the third over of their innings. Earlier, India wrapped up Australia for 326 but it seems it to be a good score on the lively track of Perth. Marcus Harris was the top scorer for the hosts with 70 runs, Travis Head also scored a crucial half-century to lift Australia from a precarious position. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped four wickets to wrap Australia’s innings. Sharma claimed the last two Australian wickets off successive balls and will be on a hat-trick when he will bowl in the second Australian innings.