Virat Kohli is staring down a crazy 12-year first for his own career after the man taking his job for the second Test left the Indian star for dead.
Australia’s redemption mission to dust-up India on home soil is finally here.
The Aussies had a disastrous build-up to the First Test in Adelaide, but started favourites on the back of the mighty Aussie attack wielding the pink ball under lights.
Mystery still surrounded the make-up of the Aussie XI right up until the toss, where Aussie captain Tim Paine confirmed Australia is rolling the dice with Joe Burns to open the batting with Matthew Wade, while promising debutant Cameron Green will bat at No. 6.
The series exploded right from the second ball of play when Mitchell Starc struck inside the first minute of play to leave India reeling at 1/0 early in the first over. Pat Cummins added to India’s misery with the dismissal of Mayank Agarwal to leave the tourists 2/32.
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But Australia has been trapped in another review drama with Virat Kohli seemingly getting a life after Tim Paine was talked out of a review.
Nathan Lyon appeared to bowl a nothing ball down leg side with Paine and the men around the bat going up.
The appeal was turned down but they took the whole 15 seconds to turn down the DRS.
Brett Lee said: “I think he was talked out of it.”
It was initially baffling – until the replay showed that there may have been something to the appeal.
While the ball went past, it look like it flicked the glove.
Nothing showed up on Snicko so it’s hard to know if it would have been overturned or not but it looks like Kohli dodged a bullet.
“Look at that glove,” Adam Gilchrist said. “Was it there previously or has it come from rubbing on the top of the blade.”
“Definitely ball on glove I reckon,” Lee said.
“He’s dodged one there,” Kerry O’Keefe added.
Later, he added: “I just thought there was a sheepishness about Kohli’s initial look, he felt something I think. They can turn a game.”
Harsha Bhogle said: “I’m surprised they didn’t up because they have three DRS referrals in this series, especially because there’s a keeper at short leg.”
On Channel 7, they weren’t as kind to Paine for the close call.
“Just clipped the finger on the bottom hand, see it just there, on the underneath part of the club,” Ricky Ponting said. “There was a reaction from Paine, he knew it had hit something, but there probably wasn’t just enough support around him to look upstairs and use the DRS.”
James Brayshaw added: “Jeez, he’s had a DRS nightmare Tim Paine, they’ve got three in this series too.”
Former Aussie star Damien Fleming also: “Is there some sort of school he can go to, to get a diploma in DRS, because it hasn’t been his friend over the years has it.”
Paine has been slammed about his DRS calls in previous years as well, particularly in the 2019 Ashes series, with the third Test going England’s way after a bungled DRS call.
Australia were luckier later on when Cheteshwar Pujara was caught down the leg side for 43 off 160 balls.
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