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Kohli sheds limelight as Indian fans cheer success

By SAT Sports Desk

Sydney:  As India continued its march towards a series win over Australia on day 3 of the SCG test between India and Australia, the Indian supporters celebrated the heroes of the Indian team in the test. The latest chant from the Bharat Army was “Anhone ko hone karde, hone ko anhone, Jaddu-uu, Kulde-eep, Vi-haaa-riii” (Jadeja, Kuldeep, Vihari made the impossible possible). Jadeja and Kuldeep are considered India’s spinning weapons on the traditional SCG pitch which normally takes the spin on or after day 3 of the test match. Their bowling will be crucial for India to win this game as they have to take 20 wickets on a flat pitch not offering the seamer much. 

Middle-order batsman, Vihari made an important 42 runs in the first innings of this test batting at number 6 before being given out on review. At the MCG test, he soaked up valuable time as the makeshift opener to take the shine of the new ball. Other important contributions have come from Pujara with 3 centuries as the leading run scorer for India and Rishabh Pant with his 155 not out in the SCG test.

He has also made valuable 30 odd scores throughout the test series, to become India’s second highest scorer after Pujara and also has shown incredible energy behind the stumps in his wicketkeeper role. He had a verbal duel with Australian skipper at the MCG test, in which Tim Paine famously invited him to babysit his kids and later Paine’s wife posted a photo of Pant with their kids on Twitter and comments – “Best Babysitter”.

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India’s captain Virat Kohli has had a quiet series comparatively, with the highlight being his century in the Perth test which was a losing cause for India. Not that he would be complaining! His teammates have performed and have India on the verge of a historic test series win in Australia. The media has been fascinated with Kohli and the way he has captained the Indian team. There were also high expectations from his batting given he made 4 centuries on India’s last tour to Australia.

The Aussie team may have planned to keep Kohli quiet as a tactic to keep the Indian team on the back foot, reminiscent of the days when Tendulkar was playing in the team and taking his wicket early assured an Indian loss more often than not. Kohli’s team has proven itself to be much more resilient and balanced. Virat himself has grown as a captain through the course of the series to be calmer and less emotional on the ground than at the start.

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Also seen in the stands of SCG was Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, the Indian cricket teams unofficial mascot. He is present at most of the games India plays and has the Indian flag with the words “Miss you Tendulkar” painted on his upper body. He was a crowd favorite and at one point,  a queue formed with fans looking to take selfies with him. He obliged and did not refuse anyone.

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India on track for first series victory on Aussie soil

By SAT Sports Desk

Sydney: India is in the box seat after day 2 of the final test of the 4 match series at the SCG thanks to a classy 193 by Pujara and an impactful 159* by the 21 year old Indian keeper, Rishabh Pant. Ravindra Jadeja also contributed with a timely 81 missing out on a century, his dismissal leading to India declaring their 1st Innings at 622/7 and sending in Australia to bat for testing 10 overs before the close of play. The Australian bowlers had no answer to Pujara’s patience and were eventually broken down by the 204 run partnership by Pant & Jadeja. Nathan Lyon was the leading wicket taker with 4 wickets on a day where Australia even bowled batsmen Khawaja and Head to break the final partnership.   missu_tend   The key difference  between the Indian first innings at the last test at the MCG and this test, has been the higher run rate of the, 3.71 which lead India to cross 600. This compared to a run rate of 2.61 in Melbourne. It has been a good toss to win for India in both the games and the batsman have exposed Australia’s fast bowling after long days in the field with the mercury 30 degrees and above. Shane Warne on fox cricket has been critical of the bowling with the harshest comments reserved for Mitchelle Starc and his performance. Australian captain Tim Paine in the post match confirmed Starc has “just been low on confidence”.

The only blemish by India on day 2 was a dropped catch by keeper Rishabh Pant with Khawaja on 0, who came out to bat in the opening slot in this test. With the pitch conjunctive to batting and a hot day predicted on Day 3 in Sydney, Australia will be looking to keep India on the field as long as possible and put up a positive batting display. They will have to tackle India’s two spinners, Jadeja & Kuldeep Yadav who will likely do majority of the bowling with fast bowlers Shami and Bumrah coming in for short bursts with the temperature expected to reach 38 degrees.

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India has ended day 1 of the 4th test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 4/303, paving the way for its first series victory on Australia soil. The day belonged to opener Mayank Agarwal who made 77 runs and Chetshwar Pujara who ended the day not out on 130, much to the delight of the Indian fans who again turned out in big numbers. The noisiest section of the ground was occupied by the Bharat Army which kept the drums beating and the volume high, cheering every run and milestone. The loudest cheer was reserved for Pujara’s 100 as echos of Pu-ja-ra were heard throughout the ground. bharat_army With India leading the series at 2-1, Kohli would be looking at bat throughout day 2 using the MCG victory as a template and effectively take Australian victory out of the equation. India need to draw or win the SCG test to ensure their first and historic test series victory on Australian soil.