IND vs AUS 4TH Test: Virat Kohli ends his test century drought as India take lead

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IND vs AUS 4TH Test: Virat Kohli ends his test century drought as India take lead

Virat Kohli finally achieved his long-awaited Test century with a brilliant score of 186, helping the home team gain the upper hand against Australia in the fourth Test.

Kohli, who last scored a century in November 2019, smashed 15 fours in a 364-ball innings that saw him spend more than eight hours at the crease as India posted 571.

He was caught by Marnus Labuschagne off Todd Murphy on , preventing him from reaching the 8th double century.

With a 2-1 series lead, India effectively put themselves in an invincible position going into the game’s final day.

After beginning the day on 59, Kohli continued to inspire and gave additional proof that he has regained his form through a patient innings.

Kohli has recently scored one-day and T20 centuries after struggling with the bat in 2021 and 2022, which cost him the captaincy and forced him to discuss his difficulties with mental health.

His relief was evident as he finally reached his long-awaited 28th Test hundred. The crowd erupted in jubilation as Kohli, overcome with emotion, kissed the locket on his gold chain while beaming and gazing upward.

Axar Patel contributed with Kohli in a sixth-wicket stand of 162, scoring four sixes and five fours in his superb knock of 79, and once he was gone, Australia easily dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav.

After he realised he was out of partners, Kohli played less cautiously and was caught by Labuschagne at long-on to become the final Indian wicket to go. Australia finished the day on 3-0 while being 91 runs behind after the first inning.

Usman Khawaja injured his knee while fielding, so the tourists sent out nightwatchman Matt Kuhnemann to open alongside Travis Head.

Kuhnemann survived 18 balls despite coming close to being caught twice as Australia completed the final six overs without losing a wicket.

Axar Patel: “I am happy to be contributing”

IND vs AUS 4TH Test: Virat Kohli ends his test century drought as India take lead
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“The way I’m batting, I am happy to be contributing. I am playing my game, backing my strengths. I am just carrying forward my confidence. The way I was helping the team win matches last year, that’s helping me. I am punishing the bad balls and respecting the good deliveries. The idea was to play as long as possible.”

“At first we were chasing their score. Once we went past, the talk was that if I get a bad ball, I would hit it. Once a batter is set, there isn’t a lot in it for the bowlers. There are a few odd balls that stay low, but once you get set, you get an idea of the wicket and it gets easier.”

Full Scorecard: IND vs AUS 4th Test

Australia 1st Innings 

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Travis Head c Jadeja b Ashwin3244697072.72
Usman Khawaja lbw b Patel18042261121042.65
Marnus Labuschagne b Mohammed Shami320240015.00
Steven Smith (c)b Jadeja381351533028.14
Peter Handscomb b Mohammed Shami1727323062.96
Cameron Green c †Bharat b Ashwin11417024918067.05
Alex Carey †c Patel b Ashwin043000.00
Mitchell Starc c Iyer b Ashwin620230030.00
Nathan Lyon c Kohli b Ashwin34961336035.41
Todd Murphy lbw b Ashwin4161745067.21
Matthew Kuhnemann not out076000.00
Extras(b 9, lb 3, nb 2, w 1)15
TOTAL167.2 Ov (RR: 2.86, 693 Mins)480
Fall of wickets: 1-61 (Travis Head, 15.3 ov), 2-72 (Marnus Labuschagne, 22.2 ov), 3-151 (Steven Smith, 63.4 ov), 4-170 (Peter Handscomb, 70.4 ov), 5-378 (Cameron Green, 130.2 ov), 6-378 (Alex Carey, 130.6 ov), 7-387 (Mitchell Starc, 135.3 ov), 8-409 (Usman Khawaja, 146.1 ov), 9-479 (Todd Murphy, 165.3 ov), 10-480 (Nathan Lyon, 167.2 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Mohammed Shami31313424.3212
Umesh Yadav25210504.2000
Ravichandran Ashwin47.2159161.9200
Ravindra Jadeja3558912.5400
Axar Patel2884711.6700
Shreyas Iyer10202.0000

India 1st Innings 

BATTING RB4s6sSR
Rohit Sharma (c)c Labuschagne b Kuhnemann35583160.34
Shubman Gill lbw b Lyon12823512154.46
Cheteshwar Pujara lbw b Murphy421213034.71
Virat Kohli c Labuschagne b Murphy18636415051.09
Ravindra Jadeja c Khawaja b Murphy28842133.33
Srikar Bharat †c Handscomb b Lyon44882350.00
Axar Patel b Starc791135469.91
Ravichandran Ashwin c Kuhnemann b Lyon7121058.33
Umesh Yadav run out (Handscomb)0000
Mohammed Shami not out02000.00
Shreyas Iyer absent hurt
Extras(b 14, lb 4, nb 4)22
TOTAL178.5 Ov (RR: 3.19)571
Fall of wickets: 1-74 (Rohit Sharma, 20.6 ov), 2-187 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 61.6 ov), 3-245 (Shubman Gill, 78.4 ov), 4-309 (Ravindra Jadeja, 106.6 ov), 5-393 (Srikar Bharat, 136.4 ov), 6-555 (Axar Patel, 172.3 ov), 7-568 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 175.6 ov), 8-569 (Umesh Yadav, 176.3 ov), 9-571 (Virat Kohli, 178.5 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Mitchell Starc2239714.4000
Cameron Green1819005.0003
Nathan Lyon65915132.3200
Matthew Kuhnemann2539413.7601
Todd Murphy45.51011332.4600
Travis Head30802.6600

Australia 2nd Innings 

BATTING RB4s6sSR
Matthew Kuhnemann not out018000.00
Travis Head not out3180016.66
Extras0
TOTAL6 Ov (RR: 0.50)3
Yet to bat: Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green, Alex Carey †, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy 
DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Ravichandran Ashwin32100.3300
Ravindra Jadeja21100.5000
Mohammed Shami10101.0000

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