India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Perth, Dec 14 – 18 2018, India tour of Australia
Match Result: Australia won by 146 runs
Player of the Match: Nathan Lyon
Match Report: We live to see another day. Kohli has been going through a slump, as per his standards. No three-figure mark for more than two years has left his fans unhappy. Mind you, his stats still put him among the world’s best even now. It’s just that for some years, Kohli was in a league of his own. Unmatched by anyone else. All of us miss seeing Kohli celebrating his hundred in the way he does.
In this article, we will have a look at one of his finest innings. One that is remembered as the “bat does the talking” celebration. We hope that we get to see the 71st soon, and also that Kohli goes back to his way of winning the game for his country.
Virat Kohli “As a team I think we played well in patches which we can hold onto. Australia played much better than us with the bat. 330 on that pitch we felt was a bit too much. They deserved to win. We had the belief we could do it, but they were more relentless and put us in trouble. [Our bowlers] are outstanding as a pack, to see them dominate was really good to see and something we want to build on. They are relentless even if they aren’t getting wickets which is a great quality.
When we looked at the pitch we didn’t think about [Jadeja] but I thought Nathan bowled really well. We never thought we wanted to consider a spinner, thought four fast bowlers would be enough. When you don’t win you don’t really rank your performances so it’s irrelevant because we didn’t get the result we wanted. I’m just focused on the next Test. [The catch to dismiss him] It was a decision made on the field and it stays there. Nothing more to it.”
Tim Paine “It’s probably more a relief at the moment, first Test win has taken a while. Really proud of the players and staff. Good to get a little bit of reward. It was as difficult Test, both have been tough Tests. Two really competitive sides with good fast bowling attack. The pitch was flying through. It seemed like the roller had a real effect on it. Day one was a bit of a funny one, we crossed our fingers.
Marcus and Aaron, to get us none for 100 was brilliant and probably the difference in the end. Uzzie has been batting well for a long time, bowling really well to all of us. He’s in a really good space. It’s great to have Gaz, every team wants a spinner like Nathan Lyon. He loves bowling to the best players in the world.”
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