Virat Kohli, Mitchell Starc Left Shell-Shocked As Good Length Delivery Goes For One Bounce Four

Don't you dare call MCG pitch a road? That one bounced like a crazy ball

Australian pitches surprise you when you least expect them to. Mitchell Starc was spitting fire with the second new ball on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia today at the MCG. Starc created problems for Virat Kohli with his variations, bowling in the high 140s (kmph). The duel comprised in-swinging deliveries and a near dismissal when Tim Paine dropped the catch. But then the MCG pitch stepped in and startled both with outrageous bounce.

The third ball of the 87th over, Starc bowled a good length delivery that bounced out of nowhere. As Kohli let it go, the ball took off. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine could not get glove to it as the ball was bouncing over him and landed way past the 30-yard circle, one bounce and over the ropes for four runs.

The left-arm fast bowler could do nothing but laugh at his skipper’s misery. Kohli could not believe what had just happened sharing a laugh about it with non-striker, Cheteshwar Pujara.

Here’s how Twitterati tried to digest the surprise bounce from the pitch:

That’s all he could do

Pace and bounce!


It surely is!

Wicketkeeper’s nightmare

That was a low blow

The previous delivery had Starc almost getting better of Kohli. He got the Indian skipper driving outside the offstump and force an outside edge off his bat. However, Paine could not take the catch as it got out of his glove while diving to his right.

At the end of Day 1’s play of the third Test, Kohli was unbeaten on 47 whereas Starc remained wicketless after bowling 16 overs.

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