India won the toss and Virat Kohli did not have to hesitate in opting to bat first on a dry track. India was looking to get off to a rollicking start but just the opposite happened and Twitter seemed to be missing Shikhar Dhawan. Ajinkya Rahane, who was opening in the place of Shikhar Dhawan was out early. He scored a tedious 5 off 15 balls. One felt he was getting bogged down and was trying to create unnecessary opportunities. Virat Kohli, who was in great form from Sri Lanka was hoping to get among the runs, upfront in an important series. Rohit Sharma was also looking out of shape and not his usual self.
But Nathan Coulter Nile it was, who sprayed a ball wide of the off stump and teased Kohli into playing a half-hearted shot, Kohli fell for the bate and there was Glenn Maxwell to the point region who grasped it out of thin air with one hand. The ball stuck and never popped out of his hand and Kohli had to depart for a duck, something he is not used to. India soon lost another wicket and found themselves in trouble at 11 for 3, Manish Pandey could not make his opportunity count.
But the talk surrounding the match till now has been the dismissal of Virat Kohli and here is how Twitter reacted to it.
— Virat Kohli (@Cricvids1) September 17, 2017
— Abhishek lad (@Abhiraptor) September 17, 2017
Seems like a good day to test out the theory that Indian batting fails if Virat Kohli fails.#INDvAUS
— Kaushik Kay (@indifferent_kay) September 17, 2017
This is going swimmingly… That grub Virat out early. Don’t like Maxi but that catch was fair. #INDvAUS
— Ada_ (@themary21) September 17, 2017
Kohli goes for a duck… To a fantastic catch by Maxwell! #INDvAUS
— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) September 17, 2017
Maxxy, stop it. Bye bye, Virat. #INDvAUS
— Ben Higgins (@ben_higgins84) September 17, 2017
Virat Kohli has 27 ducks in his professional career but Nathan Coulter-Nile is the only bowler to dismiss him for a duck TWICE #INDvAUS
— #INDvAUS #IndvsAus (@BCCISportsTv) September 17, 2017
— Jack (@jack_jimkhan) September 17, 2017
— Humayun Akhtar (@huemayyon) September 17, 2017
— Salman Abdi (@SalmanAabdi) September 17, 2017
As we speak, India is 30 for 3 after 9 overs. From India’s point of view, Rohit Sharma is still there and he holds the key.