While it would not be fair to call Virat Kohli Adam Zampa’s bunny but the latter is certainly having the upper hand in the interesting duel. The leg-spinner, who had dismissed the India skipper in the first ODI, accounted for him once again in the ongoing second game in Rajkot. When the Australia spinner dismissed Virat Kohli in the previous game, it was the fourth time he had got the better of the world number one ODI batsman in 11 innings.
Unsurprisingly, the duel between Kohli and Zampa became one of the most interesting subplots ahead of the ongoing game. Zampa was also asked about the rivalry when he addressed the media and in reply the spinner had pointed out that Kohli struggles against leg-spinners at the start of the innings.
“We basically just find that Virat finds legspinners hard to line up early in his innings, to be honest,” Zampa said. “He’s such a great starter, even the other day he was 16 off 14 or whatever it was, how much energy he brought to the crease, his running between the wickets, some of the cover drives he played off the quicks. I think it’s important to try and have a game plan to him, so we figured out for that last game that it would be good to start with legspin to him. It might be different next game.”
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Well, Zampa could not dismiss Virat Kohli early in the ongoing game but he certainly had the last laugh. In his very final over, the spinner accounted for the well-settled India superstar when the latter tried to go for a big shot. The credit for the wicket should also go to Ashton Agar who kept his calm and combined with Mitchell Starc to pull off a sensational catch.
Virat Kohli did nothing wrong in lofting the loopy delivery from Zampa straight down the ground. It looked like the ball would land safely outside the rope before Agar timed his jump to perfection and took a fine catch at long-off. Upon realising that he was going out of the playing area, the left-arm spinner threw the ball to Starc who made no mistake.
Virat Kohli, meanwhile, scored 78 as India posted a mammoth total of 340 for 6 in the do-or-die clash. Shikhar Dhawan once again top-scored for the hosts, scoring 96 while KL Rahul scored 80 off just 52 to help India finish strongly.
Here is a clip of that catch from Ashton Agar and Mitchell Starc: