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‘Aakhein taras gayi thi yeh dekhne ko’ – Virat Kohli scores Test century after 3 years against Australia in 4th BGT Test

India vs Australia 2023

‘Aakhein taras gayi thi yeh dekhne ko’ – Virat Kohli scores Test century after 3 years against Australia in 4th BGT Test

India is playing the fourth and final Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad. For the third time in the series, the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. The Aussies made no changes to their playing XI from the third Test, while the hosts brought in Mohammad Shami in place of Mohammad Siraj, who has not performed that well in this series.

Batting first, the Steve Smith-led side amassed 480 runs in the first innings. For the team, the likes of Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green scored a century each. Also, notable contributions from the likes of Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy helped the team reach such a competitive total.

For the hosts, the pick of the bowlers was veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who snapped six wickets in his spell of 47.2 overs. He conceded only 91 runs in his spell and bowled 15 maiden overs. Shami grabbed two wickets and one wicket each was snapped by the left-arm spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel.

Virat Kohli scores 28th Test century of his International Career

In response to Australia’s mammoth total of 480 runs, Shubman Gill led India’s reply with a brilliant knock of 128 runs off 235 balls which included 12 boundaries and a six. First he built up a brilliant opening partnership of 74 runs with skipper Rohit Sharma and then stiched a 103-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara. Before getting dismissed he along with former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, put together 58 runs. Indian wicketkeeper-batter Srikar Bharat also scored crucial 44 runs off 88 balls which included two boundaries and three sixes.

Kohli also went on to score his 28th Test century of his internation career after long gap of 1205 days. Last century he scored back in November, 2019, in the pink-ball Test match against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata which was India’s first-ever Day-Night Test for the Rohit Sharma-led side. There he scored 139 runs against the Bangla Tigers.

Currently, after the completion of 140 overs, India have scored 400 runs with the loss of five wickets and theu still trail by 80 runs. Virat Kohli is batting on 100 runs off 243 balls with five boundaries and Axar Patel is batting on 5 runs off 15 balls which includes one boundary.

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