Virat Kohli © Getty Images
Virat Kohli earlier went past 2,000 Test runs © Getty Images

 

Dec 13 2014

Virat Kohli became the highest scorer by an India on captaincy debut on Day Five of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. Kohli followed up his first innings ton with another half-century in the second innings. Kohli went past fifty for the second time in the match. Earlier, Kohli completed 2,000 runs in Tests. Kohli reached the landmark when he scored his 31st run. Kohli, who is leading India for the first time in the longest format, had scored a hundred in the first innings as well.

Murali Vijay scored his second fifty of the match. His half-century came off 131 balls. He was lucky to survive a very close call for LBW off Nathan Lyon earlier in his innings. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 21. Lyon, who was causing all sorts of problems for the batsmen, got one to spin a big way and take the outside edge of the bat through to Brad Haddin. Shikhar Dhawan was out caught behind early. Dhawan was surprised by a short ball from Mitchell Johnson and was caught by Brad Haddin. However, replays showed that the ball had hit his shoulder.

Australia declared overnight to set India a 364-run target. The hosts scored 290 for five in their second innings after they had made 517 for seven declared in the first innings as well. India batted bravely in the first innings, but could only manage 444 to give Australia a 73-run first innings lead. India will now have 98 overs to score the runs, though on a crumbling wicket that has shown signs of wear and tear, it will be tough for India to survive. Their opening stand will be crucial, though after a good first innings performance there is reason for Indian fans to be hopeful.

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