KOHLI ADDS AN­OTHER FEATHER IN HIS CAP

SKIP­PER VI­RAT KOHLI ACHIEVED YET AN­OTHER MILE­STONE IN HIS RECORD-BREAK­ING CA­REER BY BE­COM­ING THE FOURTH IN­DIAN TO SCORE 1,000 TEST RUNS IN AUS­TRALIA.

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Kohli is the fastest In­dian to score 1,000 Test runs on Aus­tralian soil in just 18 in­nings.

Over­all, among vis­i­tors, only four English­men have done it quicker than Kohli in Aus­tralia.

He is also the 28th vis­it­ing bats­man to score 1,000 Test runs in Aus­tralia, at the best av­er­age (59.05) in the past 50 years and 4th best over­all.

Need­ing five runs to achieve feat, the 30-year-old com­pleted 1,000 runs dur­ing In­dia’s se­cond in­nings of the first Test against Aus­tralia in Ade­laide on Satur­day.

5th Bats­man in the world af­ter Al­lan Bor­der, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith and Alas­tair Cook to score 2000 runs as Test cap­tain both home and away.

Ade­laide, Dec. 8: In­dia built a 166-run lead over Aus­tralia on the third day of an ab­sorb­ing open­ing Test in Ade­laide on Satur­day with dan­ger­man Chetesh­war Pu­jara not out 40, although the late wicket of mas­ter bats­man Vi­rat Kohli gave the home team a glim­mer of hope. At stumps, the vis­i­tors were 151-3, adding to their first in­nings to­tal of 250. Ajinkya Ra­hane was not out one, along­side Pu­jara who scored a gritty first in­nings cen­tury.

It was look­ing omi­nous for Aus­tralia with Kohli and Pu­jara com­pil­ing a 71-run third-wicket part­ner­ship, but spin­ner Nathan Lyon got a mas­sive break­through when he snared the In­dian skip­per for 34 near the close of play.

“I think it’s slightly in our favour,” said In­dian pace­man Jasprit Bum­rah.

“The late wicket was a good thing for them and the first ses­sion to­mor­row will be very im­por­tant. If we cap­i­talise on that it will leave us in a very good place in this match.”

He added that Pu­jara was key. “He’s showed a lot of pa­tience and that is the key el­e­ment in Test cricket. A great knock and hope­fully he con­tin­ues to­mor­row.”

Aus­tralia were dis­missed for 235 just be­fore lunch, with Travis Head top scor­ing on 72 on a day hit by rain de­lays, leav­ing them 15 runs adrift.

Bat­ting in front of his

home crowd, Head said he was dis­ap­pointed to not add more runs but be­lieved the game was “evenly poised”.

“It’ll be a big first hour to­mor­row, if we can get a cou­ple of wick­ets and put them un­der pres­sure. I think the bowlers did a won­der­ful job to con­tain and con­tinue to put pres­sure on them tonight.”

In­dia got off to a solid start, with KL Rahul and Mu­rali Vi­jay en­joy­ing a 63run part­ner­ship. On a dif­fi­cult bat­ting track, Josh Ha­zle­wood bowled four straight maid­ens to keep them con­tained.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE LONG­EST FOR­MAT OF THE GAME, KOHLI’S RECORD HAS BEEN QUITE IM­PRES­SIVE DOWN UN­DER.

— AP

Chetesh­war Pu­jara is un­beaten on 40 at the end of day three. Rishabh Pant

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