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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Ponting calls out fans for booing Kohli


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Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting says he was less than impressed with sections of the crowd booing Virat Kohli on day three.

Kohli was booed as the Adelaide crowd tried to get under his skin ahead of his second dig and Ponting disagreed with the reaction.

“I don’t like seeing it at all,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.

“It didn’t worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. You’ve almost got to accept it as acknowledgment for what you’ve done in the game.

“But I’d rather not see that happen at all.”

Booed to the crease by some Australian fans at Adelaide Oval, Indian captain Virat Kohli settled in style before falling to Nathan Lyon late on a rain-hit third day of the first Test.

The tourists boasted a 166-run lead at stumps on Saturday, having reached 3-151 in their second innings.

India's hopes of setting a match-winning target took a hit when Kohli was caught at bat-pad more than an hour after what had been the scheduled time for stumps.

However first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara remains unbeaten on 40.

India feel bullish as they hunt a 1-0 series lead and maiden Test series win in Australia, although momentum has shifted frequently and violently in the low-scoring contest.

"It's slightly in our favour ... we'll have a good lead if we capitalise tomorrow," paceman Jasprit Bumrah said.

Travis Head, who scored 72 to almost drag Australia to first-innings parity, described the match as evenly poised and backed his side to chase down anything.

Head, a former Indian Premier League teammate of Kohli's, didn't hear the heated reception from some sections of the 30,348-strong crowd.

"He's a pretty good player, he probably doesn't deserve to get booed," the South Australian said.

"Probably not needed but that's the crowd."

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting says he was less than impressed with sections of the crowd booing Virat Kohli on day three.

Kohli was booed as the Adelaide crowd tried to get under his skin ahead of his second dig and Ponting disagreed with the reaction.

“I don’t like seeing it at all,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.

“It didn’t worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. You’ve almost got to accept it as acknowledgment for what you’ve done in the game.

“But I’d rather not see that happen at all.”

Booed to the crease by some Australian fans at Adelaide Oval, Indian captain Virat Kohli settled in style before falling to Nathan Lyon late on a rain-hit third day of the first Test.

The tourists boasted a 166-run lead at stumps on Saturday, having reached 3-151 in their second innings.

India's hopes of setting a match-winning target took a hit when Kohli was caught at bat-pad more than an hour after what had been the scheduled time for stumps.

However first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara remains unbeaten on 40.

India feel bullish as they hunt a 1-0 series lead and maiden Test series win in Australia, although momentum has shifted frequently and violently in the low-scoring contest.

"It's slightly in our favour ... we'll have a good lead if we capitalise tomorrow," paceman Jasprit Bumrah said.

Travis Head, who scored 72 to almost drag Australia to first-innings parity, described the match as evenly poised and backed his side to chase down anything.

Head, a former Indian Premier League teammate of Kohli's, didn't hear the heated reception from some sections of the 30,348-strong crowd.

"He's a pretty good player, he probably doesn't deserve to get booed," the South Australian said.

"Probably not needed but that's the crowd."

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