Virat Kohli wasn’t even born when India last enforced follow-on in Australia 33 years ago

November 16, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img4th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*) at stumps, trail by 316 runs following on. Full ScorecardAustralia hit a new low in Test cricket on Sunday as they were asked to follow-on by Virat Kohli in the ongoing fourth Test on Sunday after the hosts got bowled out for 300 in their first innings to trail India by 322 runs at stumps in Sydney. India’s first innings lead is the fourth highest for the team outside Asia in Test cricket.Looking at India’s huge first-innings lead, Kohli had no hesitation in asking Australia to bat again and thus, became only the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to enforce the follow-on at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Kapil had taken the same decision in the Sydney Test back in 1986 and coincidentally, he had done it on the same date – January 6.It was the last day of the New Year Test in 1986 when Kapil asked Australia to bat again after India had declared on 600 for 4 in the first innings and then bowled out the hosts for 396 on the final day before asking them to follow-on. The match ended in a draw as Australia finished the day at 119 for 6.33 years later Kohli has repeated history but this time India has the chance to go on and win the match with a session and another day’s play left to be played. The Sydney weather might be the only factor which can come to Australia’s rescue.advertisementEngland were the last team to force Australia to follow-on at home in the drawn 1988 Sydney Test, a result the hosts are unlikely to repeat unless the weather intervenes. To put things in perspective, none of the players in the current Indian playing XI were even born back then.In fact, England was the last team to ask Australia to follow-on outside Australia, in the fourth Test of the Ashes series in 2005.With a first series win in Australia all but confirmed, India got the four remaining Australia wickets in 21 overs with Kuldeep Yadav completing his five-wicket haul after rain had delayed play for four hours on Sunday.Kuldeep Yadav’s first Test on Aussie soil and he collects a five-wicket haul!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019Kohli then chose to enforce the follow-on as his team chases the prize of its first victory at the SCG since 1978.After the rain delay it took India just six balls to strike with Mohammed Shami (2-58) bowling Pat Cummins for 25 with a ball that kept low.Peter Handscomb added nine runs to his overnight score before he was bowled for 37 to become Jasprit’s Bumrah’s first wicket of the match and reduce Australia to 257-8.Tea has been called due to bad light. The third session is scheduled to commence at 16:03 if the light situation improves #TeamIndia #AUSvsIND (@BCCI) January 6, 2019Kuldeep (5-99) then trapped Nathan Lyon for no score.Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared an entertaining 42-run partnership for the last wicket to take Australia past 300 for just the second time this series, before Kuldeep got his fifth by having Hazlewood (21) out lbw in the 105th over. Starc finished on 29 not out.India denied Australia any real possibility of a victory here in Sydney by posting 622 for 7 in the first innings with Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159 not out) scoring hundreds.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 yearsAlso Read | Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant needs to bat at No. 6, he can convert starts into hundreds: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img

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