India responds strongly, led by Kohli's 28th test century

India responds strongly, led by Kohlis 28th test century

Virat Kohli led India's forceful response to Australia's 480 runs, snapping a nearly four-year streak of Test cricket centuries without a century.

In 241 balls, Kohli built up a century, and he served as the focal point for the Indian innings. Although Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli added 64 runs together in the first session, only 73 runs were scored for the loss of one wicket.

It also provided evidence of how the pitch had been operating accurately for the majority of the game up until that point. On the fourth morning, though, the spinners had much more to choose from thanks to the challenging areas.

Jadeja was initially restrained because the offspinner's angle from around the wicket was problematic, especially the straighter ones. But he was able to withstand those for a while before growing impatient with Todd Murphy. He tried to smash out against Murphy three times in one over, managing a boundary and a mishit before holing out to mid on to conclude his stay at 28 from 84 balls.

At the other end, Kohli persisted in accumulating runs and lowered his head even more when KS Bharat was brought in after Shreyas Iyer had to be sent for scans after complaining of lower back soreness.

As the keeper slogswept Lyon for a six, Kohli and Bharat put up another vigilant stand in which they both bided their time. Before they were able to rotate striking a little more freely, the pair waited for tempo to go up. But in the third session, the runs began to pour in as Bharat pulled Cameron Green for a series of sixes before cutting him for a four. The pair pulled up an 84-run stand that reduced the gap with the help of that 21-run over.

With a turn past midwicket and a ton in hand, Kohli attained a milestone he hadn't accomplished since November 2019.

Bharat was caught at short leg by Lyon, who had him trapped six short of his first Test fifty. Australia was briefly relieved, though. Axar Patel joined Kohli at this point, and the two increased the tempo and added an unbroken 79-run stand as they drew closer to Australia's total.


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