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Saturday, 8 December 2018

How the Cartel got one over 'King Kohli'


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Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell has praised Australia’s bowlers for their approach in negating Indian talisman Virat Kohli despite the visitors building a healthy lead on day three.

It was a far more considered innings from India’s top order at the crease, displaying patience as they failed to be baited into the wide ball that unravelled their first innings.

Lokesh Rahul waited 22 balls before scoring in an extended stint on strike as he built a healthy early lead for the visitors.

Chappell was impressed by the openers’ innings but chastised a lapse in concentration that saw him dismissed for 44.

“I thought India played pretty well,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports in an exclusive interview.

“But for KL Rahul having got the momentum going India’s, way to throw his wicket away in those circumstances I thought was pretty ordinary.”

Murali Vijay couldn’t find the form of his opening partner as Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc peppered him with consistent threats. He fell just 18 as the skipper Virat Kohli swaggered to the crease.

The decision to keep the ball out of Kohli kryptonite Pat Cummins’ hands ultimately paid dividends as Chappell praised the cartel for not allowing the skipper to settle from the time he stepped on the wicket.

“The interesting thing for me was that the Australian bowlers just made Kohli struggle the whole way,” he said.

 “He was never able to become fluid and I thought the Australian bowlers did very well to trouble him.”

Initially criticised by Shane Warne for his tactical approach, Nathan Lyon ultimately settled on a rhythm that had Kohli rattled. Failing to find an answer, Kohli floated around long enough for Lyon to rip a dipping delivery off his pad and into the clasp of Aaron Finch at short leg.

Looking ahead Chappell warned of the threat of Cheteshwar Pujara who single-handedly salvaged India’s Test with his stubborn first innings.

Starc disimisses Vijay

“Dismissing Kohli was significant but it depends if Australia can follow it up,” Chappell said.

“Pujara plays like Pujari always plays, the thing about him is he’ll anchor the innings.

“If he stays there and the other guys play around him that helps India and also frustrates Australia

“If they can get him quickly, that will help enormously.”

Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell has praised Australia’s bowlers for their approach in negating Indian talisman Virat Kohli despite the visitors building a healthy lead on day three.

It was a far more considered innings from India’s top order at the crease, displaying patience as they failed to be baited into the wide ball that unravelled their first innings.

Lokesh Rahul waited 22 balls before scoring in an extended stint on strike as he built a healthy early lead for the visitors.

Chappell was impressed by the openers’ innings but chastised a lapse in concentration that saw him dismissed for 44.

“I thought India played pretty well,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports in an exclusive interview.

“But for KL Rahul having got the momentum going India’s, way to throw his wicket away in those circumstances I thought was pretty ordinary.”

Murali Vijay couldn’t find the form of his opening partner as Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc peppered him with consistent threats. He fell just 18 as the skipper Virat Kohli swaggered to the crease.

The decision to keep the ball out of Kohli kryptonite Pat Cummins’ hands ultimately paid dividends as Chappell praised the cartel for not allowing the skipper to settle from the time he stepped on the wicket.

“The interesting thing for me was that the Australian bowlers just made Kohli struggle the whole way,” he said.

 “He was never able to become fluid and I thought the Australian bowlers did very well to trouble him.”

Initially criticised by Shane Warne for his tactical approach, Nathan Lyon ultimately settled on a rhythm that had Kohli rattled. Failing to find an answer, Kohli floated around long enough for Lyon to rip a dipping delivery off his pad and into the clasp of Aaron Finch at short leg.

Looking ahead Chappell warned of the threat of Cheteshwar Pujara who single-handedly salvaged India’s Test with his stubborn first innings.

Starc disimisses Vijay

“Dismissing Kohli was significant but it depends if Australia can follow it up,” Chappell said.

“Pujara plays like Pujari always plays, the thing about him is he’ll anchor the innings.

“If he stays there and the other guys play around him that helps India and also frustrates Australia

“If they can get him quickly, that will help enormously.”

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