Virat Kohli’s cheap dismissal by Todd Murphy on Friday prevented him from making a meaningful impact in the opening Test match between India and Australia. The former captain of India was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Alex Carey for 12 with the first ball after lunch as the Australian spinner made his debut.
Although the ball first slipped out of Carey’s gloves, Kohli followed after the wayward delivery and was able to catch it, therefore it was sad that he was dismissed. After a brilliant start to his Test career on a spin-friendly track, he finally became Murphy’s fourth wicket.
Rohit Sharma kept his composure as he neared his seventh Test century and helped India reach 151 for 3 at the break.At the break, Rohit had smashed 12 boundaries and 2 sixes while scoring 85 runs off 142 balls. Despite having Ravichandran Ashwin (23) and Cheteshwar Pujara (7) removed from the game during the session, Virat Kohli (12), who was playing alongside him, seemed to be in dangerous form.
The objective is to bat in the following two sessions and build a significant lead so that the game may be won in three days. Nothing suggests that the pitch will grow any worse than it was on the first day, though.Australia’s captain Pat Cummins (0/41 in 8 overs) set the trap for his rival with a deep fine leg and deep mid-wicket fielder, but he bowled fuller in his first ball.
During the Australian captain’s second innings, Rohit pushed for his go-to pull shot when a ball was dug in short.Since Rohit and Ashwin repeatedly planted their front foot to irk the bowlers throughout their 42-run stand, the low bounce actually made it easier to defend.
However, the slowness of the track did affect the Australian bowlers, forcing both off-spinners, Todd Murphy (3/35 in 15 overs) and Nathan Lyon (0/66 in 20 overs), to bowl faster in attempt to obtain some grip on the surface.