Virat Kohli six off Pat Cummins: The much-awaited India’s tour down under has started today with the first of the three ODI matches. One thing that has always been in focus whenever India has toured the Aussies was the battle of India’s premier batsmen with that of top-class Aussie pacers. And one of the greatest modern-day rivalries is that of Virat Kohli and Pat Cummins. In the ongoing first match of the three-match ODI series, Kohli got the better of Cummins and even amazed the crowd with an incredible flick shot that he played to perfection for a maximum.
The prime focus of the Australian broadcasters and media for this series was one name- Virat Kohli. And rightly so, the expectations were high on him when he came out to chase a humungous total of 375 set by the Aussies. He came out to bat in the 6th over of the match after the fall of Agarwal’s wicket. Courtesy of a dropped catch from fellow RCB teammate Adam Zampa, he survived an early dismissal. After that drop catch, he shifted gears and took down Aussie bowlers with great ease. The man who was at the receiving end was someone who has had a history of taking his wicket while touring Australia- Pat Cummins.
The most fascinating shot from that onslaught from Kohli happened in the second ball of the ninth over when he flicked Cummins over backward square leg for a good looking six. It was a short ball which was almost leg-side-ish. Kohli took a step forward and middle the ball to perfection as he played a brilliant bottom hand flick. To add to the beauty of the shot, Kohli’s pose after the shot had some swag that only Viv Richards could match.
Australian captain Aaron Finch who won the toss elected to bat first, and along with David Warner provided a dream start for the Aussies. He ended up scoring a hundred, whereas Warner scored a brilliant 69 of 76 balls. This was followed by another round of onslaught from Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, who scored 105(66) and 45(19) respectively to take Aussies to a massive score of 374 inside 50 overs. India on the other hand, despite having got a promising start, fell apart as all their top-order batsmen except Shikhar Dhawan reached the pavilion quite early.
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