I didn’t have good understanding of where to draw the line: Kohli
VIJAY Shankar and Shreyas Iyer scripted a superb chase to help India A notch up a thrilling four-wicket win over New Zealand A in a high-scoring unofficial ODI on Friday.
Put into bat, NZ A rode fifties by three of their batsmen opener Hamish Rutherford (70), Tim Seifert (59) and James Neesham (79) to post challenging 308 for6.
Shankar then hit an unbeaten 80-ball 87 and added 116 runs for the fifth-wicket with Ishan Kishan (47 off 43). Iyer scored a run-aball 50 as India A returned to overhaul stiff target, scoring 311 for six with one over to spare and take 1-0 lead in three-match series.
Brief Score: 311 for 6 (Shankar 87*, Iyer 54; Bennett 2/65) beat 308 for 6 (Neesham 79*, Rutherford 70; Kaul 2/74) by four wickets. FAR from getting excited after having Australia in a spot of bother, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said Friday the first Test is “extremely well poised” and every run in the remaining days will be worth its weight in gold.
A relentless Indian bowling attack restricted Australia to 191 for seven on the second day.
“I thought we really bottled them up, soaked them up and put on pressure from both ends,” said Ashiwn, the most successful visiting bowler with figures of 3/50.
“We don’t isolate it as a fast bowling or spin bowling pack. We identify it as a bowling unit together because one cannot exist without the other. Today was another perfect attrition day for us,” he said at the post-match press conference.
Australia trailed by 59 runs and Ashwin said the Test was still on equal terms.
“I bowled an extended 22-over spell even before and after tea to make sure that we do not give away more runs.
“I see it as neck-and-neck in the game. Whoever can get momentum from hereon has the edge in this Test. I think it is extremely well poised. Every run is going to be gold dust from here.”
About the pitch condition, he said, “I thought there was a bit more stickiness yesterday and the speed has definitely come down. When we were batting yesterday I don’t think it was as slow as it was today.
“I think the wicket has slowed down considerably and I don’t expect it to quicken up more either. I think it’s going to slow down more.”
Ashwin would not predict how much the pitch will slow down or deteriorate.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen because it is a drop-in wicket. Because of the amount of grass I don’t see the footmarks widening as much as they did the last time (in 2014).
“If anything has to be done, you have to do it on the fourth or fifth day. We need to see how much it grips.
“Adelaide generally offers a bit of spin but looking at the grass today we didn’t think we would get the hold that we are getting out there. There is a little bit of hold in the wicket and it is not considerable or vicious.” “I didn’t have a good understanding of where to draw the line and stuff like that...,” says India’s celebrated captain Virat Kohli, known as much for his fiery character that has walked alongside his unbelievable batting like shadows.
Having toured the country twice, Kohli is now leading the team.
“I didn’t have a good understanding of where to draw the line and stuff like that. Those are things that I, I wouldn’t say I regret, but those definitely I look at them as mistakes. But mistakes that were important for me to commit so I can learn from them,” Kohli opened up to Australian great Adam Gilchrist during an interview for ‘Fox Sports’. AUSTRALIA are “still fighting, still in the contest”, debutant Marcus Harris insisted Friday, after India nosed ahead by snaring seven wickets and leaving the hosts with some rallying to do in the first Test.
The opener though said that they are still in the game on account of being just 59 runs behind India’s first innings’ score of 250.
At the same time he praised the Indian attack for keeping things tight and restricting them to 191 GAUTAM Gambhir lived a charmed life but the famous grit was displayed in abundance on way to an unbeaten 92, his final knock in competitive cricket guiding Delhi to 190 for one.
On the second day of the Ranji Trophy encounter against Andhra, Delhi were placed well in reply to the visitors’ firstinnings score of 390.
Everything else became a footnote once Gambhir entered the field.
It was a Feroz Shah
Kotla hosting a Ranji match, for which a few hundred faithfuls from Old Delhi turned up. The stage was set and there were little elements that the handful of people would remember in his last hurrah.
The Guard of Honour by teammates at every break and his wife turning up with two adorable daughters just after the husband completed a fifty.
Gambhir had it all and even the Almighty wouldn’t have wanted the fairytale script to go awry.
So no one complained when an Andhra fielder dropped a sitter at mid-off, a regulation catch which would have been otherwise gobbled “11 out of 10 times”.
He was twice dropped in the slips but it didn’t matter during the 152 balls that he played. for seven at stumps.
“I thought they bowled really well - the run rate’s only two and a bit, so I thought they bowled really well. We stuck at it pretty well. It was a tough day. It wasn’t easy to score, so I thought we fought well.
“Travis Head batted well, Peter Handscomb looked good and Mitchell Starc batted well at the end. I think we’re in a decent position,” Harris said.
He said that Australia did want to get on the front foot and attack but the Indian bowlers kept relentless pressure to force them into fending off overs. BOWLERS and stand-in skipper Siddesh Lad who scored an unbeaten 70 led Mumbai’s fight-back against Maharashtra on Day Two of their Elite Group A match.
After bundling out Maharashtra for 352, Mumbai ended the second day at 196 for 5, still adrift by 156 runs, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Gahunje near Pune.
At Pune: Maharashtra 352 (Gugale 101, J S Pande 74; Parkar 4-56) vs
Mumbai 196/5 (Lad 70*, Tare 63, Palkar 2-37).
At Indore: Hyderabad 124 all out in 35.3 overs (Agarwal 69*, Khan 7 for 24) vs Madhya Pradesh 539 for 4 in 136 overs (Rohera 255 batting, Patidar 51, Dubey 128 batting).
At Mohali: Himachal Pradesh 390 all out in 145.1 overs (Dhawan 61, Gangta 58, Kalsi 82, Dagar 71, Sharma 5 for 101) vs Punjab 75 for 9 in 30 overs (Dagar 4 for 22).
New Zealand cricketers celebrate their victory against Pakistan on the third and final Test at the Sheikh Zayed International Stadium in Abu Dhabi. (AFP)