India took a 2-0 lead in the ongoing series against Australia by six wickets in the second Test match played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Despite the win, there was a sour moment for the Indian fans as star batsman Virat Kohli was dismissed for 44 in the first innings. Kohli’s dismissal left many fans shocked as replays showed that the ball was hitting the pad and the bat at the same time. However, the on-field and third umpires concluded that the ball had touched the pads, and Kohli was given out with DRS showing the umpire’s call.
Kohli’s reaction to the decision was captured in a clip that went viral on social media. He was seen walking towards Nitin Memon, the umpire, as Australia’s second innings began on the second day and clashed with him over the decision. The incident divided views among the cricket fraternity across the globe, with some believing that it was a wrong decision while others praised the bold decision of the umpires.
Virat Kohli shows his status to Nitin Menon as soon as he enters the field pic.twitter.com/rccK80JSTM
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In the second innings, Kohli once again appeared in excellent form but was dismissed after scoring 20 runs. India were in big trouble at 137-7 in the first innings but a brilliant century partnership with Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin got India back on track. Earlier, Australia had taken a one-run lead but the Indian spinners dismantled the Australian unit with a stellar performance that saw them take nine wickets in the morning session of the third day. Ravindra Jadeja took seven wickets, ensuring that Australia were bundled out for just 113 runs.
India’s win against Australia was impressive, but Kohli’s controversial dismissal remained a talking point in the cricket world. The incident demonstrated the importance of accurate decision-making in cricket matches, and highlighted the challenges faced by umpires in high-pressure situations. Despite the controversy, Kohli’s contribution to the team’s victory was significant, and his performance in the upcoming matches could be crucial to India’s success in the series.