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Virat Kohli bags the record for most runs against Australia by an Indian captain

December 18, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

During his striking innings of 74 on the first day of the Adelaide Test against Australia, Kohli broke a vital record. Virat Kohli is now the Indian captain with the most Test runs against Australia. He has scored 851 against the Kangaroos to date.

The 32-year-old has broken the previous record of Mansoor Pataudi. He scored 829 runs in 10 Tests as captain against Australia. It was a record that stood for 51 years.

As the Indian captain, Virat Kohli has scored four centuries and two half-centuries against Australia. The run-machine is doing so at an impressive average of 50.05.

In the first Test match, Kohli got run out after confusion from Rahane. This was the second time in Test matches that Virat got dismissed this way. He looked set for a big hundred before his unfortunate dismissal.

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Considering the tough batting pitches in Australia, Kohli led his side from the front. The skipper hit 74 runs off 180 balls. Kohli hit eight fours in his innings as he was extremely watchful against both pace and spin.

However, the hosts have gifted the wicket of Kohli after a horrible mix-up between Kohli and Rahane. The duo had formed a steady partnership of 88 runs for the fourth wicket. However, the Indian skipper had to go back.

After that, Rahane managed to score 42 off 92 deliveries. Strac took his wicket a few overs later. With this, the Indian side was in trouble at 196 for five wickets.

India got off to a horrible start after Starc sent Prithvi Shaw in the second ball of the first Test. Shaw jabbed at an inswinger from Starc but could only manage to drag one back onto the stumps. On the other hand, Agarwal fought hard as he occupied the crease for 90 minutes. Agarwal later fell to Pat Cummins.

Kohli and Pujara stabilized the Indian ship by adding 68 runs for the third wicket. However, the partnership was later broken by Nathan Lyon. Pujara made 43 runs off 160 balls.

Hanuma Vihari became the victim of Josh Hazlewood for 16. The pair of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin saw India through to stumps with 229-6. Team India will need to score more runs on Day 2 before trying to restrict the Australian batting line-up.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth