Indian National Cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has been in terrific form scoring two back to back centuries in the ongoing series against Australia. However, he got out cheaply in the fourth encounter in an attempt to score quick runs, courtesy a forward diving catch by wicket-keeper Alex Carey.
Meanwhile, the home side was in a bit of pressure after losing the last match at Ranchi. However, the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan provided a solid start after Virat Kohli opted to bat first. The men in blues did not have a lot of this recently, but India have made a decent start to this game.
Openers return to form
There was not much on offer for the bowlers, true, but Dhawan and Rohit looked keen on cashing in. Dhawan, especially, was in really good form, while Rohit was very circumspect. Just when everyone was starting to cast doubts over Dhawan’s form, the left-hander storms back to form. He brought his half-century in just 44 deliveries dominating the Australian bowlers. Shikhar Dhawan made the Aussie bowlers look like average hitting them for boundaries at will. Rohit Sharma was not lagging behind as he brought his fifty as well. In the process, the opening duo surpassed the record of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
The southpaw continued the onslaught to bring his 16th ODI century to issue a warning to the bowlers ahead of the showpiece event in England. Although Rohit Sharma departed, Shikhar Dhawan continued his hit the ball brutally. However, the southpaw finally departed after a well made 143 runs from 115 deliveries including 18 boundaries and three sixes. It was the perfect platform for the middle-order batsmen to exploit as KL Rahul and Virat Kohli looked to score quick runs. However, in a bid to increase the run rate, Kohli edged one outside off-stump to get out at the score of seven runs.
It was a really wide delivery outside off-stump from Jhye Richardson as Kohli tried to chase that and squeeze it for four. However, he gets an edge as the bat hit the ground almost at the same time. But umpire Kumar Dharmasena seemed concerned about the clean catch but the ball did bounce but bounced into Alex Carey’s gloves. India were 266 for three, with still ten overs to play for.