Virat Kohli’s stupendous innings helps India to lead Australia by 88 runs

Team India posted a mammoth total of 571 in their first innings while Australia in response reached 3/0 at Stumps on Day 4 of the fourth and final at Narendra Modi Stadium. Travis Head (3*) and Matthew Kuhnemann (0*) will resume batting for Australia on Day 5. Earlier, Virat Kohli played an impressive innings to score a blistering 186, helping India to take a first-innings lead of 91 runs.

Resuming at 289/3 on Day 4, India rode on Kohli’s marathon knock and Axar Patel’s 79. Both stitched a fine partnership of 162, it was when these two were at the crease that the spark went out for the Aussies. The chances of Steve Smith-led side forcing a victory started to slide out of view as the partnership progressed well. Ravindra Jadeja walked back after scoring 28 while KS Bharat played a fine knock of 44.

Indian star batter Kohli batted brilliantly to end his Test century drought started on November 2019, hitting his 75th international ton and 28th century in the longest format of the game. Kohli was the last man to depart for 186 in the final session. Shreyas Iyer could not come out to bat as he suffered a back pain.

Australian spinners Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy bagged three wickets each, while Kuhnemann and pacer Mitchell Starc scalped one each. Clearly the match is heading towards a draw as the pitch is still pretty good for batting. But India will try to push hard and secure a win as we have seen stranger things happen on Day 5.