India vs Australia: Virat respects good bowlers and puts away the bad ones, says Khawaja

Virat Kohli saw off a fiery spell from Pat Cummins on day two of the second India vs Australia Test before getting stuck into the Australian pace trio later in the day enroute to a battling 82.

One of the sub-texts on the second day was the engrossing duel between Virat Kohli and Pat Cummins.   -  afp

Usman Khawaja stressed that Australia still had its nose ahead in the second Test here at the Optus Stadium. Talking to reporters on Saturday, the Australian batsman said: “We haven’t lost the upper hand, we are still ahead of the game. (Ajinkya) Rahane came out and took on the short ball but we pegged them back as the bowlers started bowling well. We need to do it consistently. They are still 154 behind and one or two wickets in the first session (on Sunday) will be pretty big for us.”

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What about the pitch? Khawaja replied: “Your guess is as good as mine. Everyone pretends to be an expert on wickets but none of us really know. Looks like it had patches where it was doing a bit. They (India) could have nicked a couple more and it would have been a different day and maybe we would have been talking differently. There is still enough in it and maybe we bowled well in patches. They batted well and put pressure on our bowlers.”

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One of the sub-texts on the second day was the engrossing duel between Virat Kohli and Pat Cummins. Analysing that phase, Khawaja said: “Virat is a good batsman, he respects good bowlers, and puts away the bad ones. Patty (Cummins) bowled well today.”

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Later he added: “Probably back of length was harder than the fuller length, so Virat got away. But tomorrow (on Sunday) he starts again and so we have a chance.”