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Usman Khawaja takes one-handed blinder to dismiss Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Coming in to bat soon after toss, with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay falling cheaply, Kohli didn’t do much to help India’s scorecard along but the credit for his dismissal should fall entirely on Khawaja stationed at gully. In the 11th over of the inning, Cummins’ full and angling delivery had Kohli going for the drive. The shot, played with hard hands, went flying and would have beaten Khawaja and the entire slip cordon but for the Aussie sticking out his left hand to take an absolute stunner before being engulfed by his teammates. The wicket put India in trouble at 19/3.

Earlier, Kohli won the toss and decided to bat in Adelaide. At the toss, he said, “We will bat first, looks like a nice hard wicket with a nice covering of grass. Runs on the board will be handy.”

’s stupendous batting record at Adelaide was blemished, a touch, by Usman Khawaja on the opening day of the first Test against Australia. The wicket, off Pat Cummins, allowed him to dismiss Kohli for a second time in four balls – spread across a year and a half. The previous dismissal came on Australia’s tour of India in Ranchi and it continued to Adelaide with India touring Australia.

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