IND vs AUS: The last match of the ongoing Test series between India and Australia is gradually nearing its conclusion. The series-deciding encounter is occurring at the Narendra Modi Stadium of Ahmedabad, which formally kicked off on February 9. Unfortunately, the fixture is on the verge of ending in a draw as a result appears pretty unlikely on the flat pitch of Ahmedabad.
“After the first 3 matches, everyone said (complained) that the matches ended in just 3 days. Now the match is going to the 5th day, and you (journalists) are saying it is a surprise? It is not in our hands.” said India all-rounder Axar Patel after Day 4 in Ahmedabad
As things stand, in the last session of the fifth day, Australia currently has a lead of 80 runs in the third innings of the match. The visitors are unlikely to force India to bat in the fourth innings and instead would want their batters to get notable scores. The Ahmedabad test match has been full of action with batters having an upper hand throughout the game. As many as three batters have managed to score centuries so far in the ongoing test.
The stump mic catches the Virat Kohli – Nitin Menon banter
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s comical interaction with on-field umpire Nitin Menon remained a talking point on social media. The episode occurred when Australia batter Travis Head survived an LBW decision following India’s referral due to an umpire’s call, with Menon being the umpire. It was a pretty close call, however, Head survived due to Menon’s original not-out decision. Virat Kohli, who was fielding in the slips, took a dig at Menon after the incident.
“Mai hota to out tha (Would have been out if I was the batter),” said Virat Kohli to Nitin Menon
Nitin Menon responded with a thumbs-up gesture
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Virat Kohli has been India’s pick of the batters in the ongoing Test. Kohli scored a gigantic century in a crunch situation in assisting Ahmedabad conditions. He played a remarkable 186-run knock when India was aiming to get the lead in the second innings. It was further his comeback century in the longest format of the game as his last Test century occurred back in 2019.