In­dia can win on any track: Kohli

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Mo­hali: Skip­per Vi­rat Kohli said In­dia can win on all kinds of pitches against any side af­ter the hosts ham­mered Eng­land in the third Test to take an un­beat­able 2-0 se­ries lead.

In­dia, who are of­ten crit­i­cised for pre­par­ing rank turn­ers at home, savoured their eight-wicket win in the third Test at Mo­hali on a track which proved to be sport­ing. The Indian bowlers put up a com­bined ef­fort to counter the Eng­land bat­ting from the very start af­ter they bowled out the visitors for 283 in their first in­nings. The world’s No 1 ranked Test team played con­sis­tent cricket on all the four days of play as the char­ac­ter of the pitch did not seem to al­ter for the en­tire du­ra­tion. In­dia won the four-match se­ries against South Africa 3-0 with two games fin­ish­ing in­side three days on tracks, in Mo­hali and Nag­pur, that turned square. How­ever the cur­rent five-match se­ries has wit­nessed some good pitches in Ra­jkot, Visakha­p­at­nam and Mo­hali with the hosts reg­is­ter­ing two straight wins af­ter a hard-fought draw in the first game. The wins against Eng­land have come af­ter the hosts white­washed New Zealand at home in Septem­ber-Oc­to­ber with the pitch at Kolkata’s Eden Gar­dens as­sist­ing the fast bowlers. -AFP

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