Virat Kohli reflects on 'bizarre' Pink-ball Test after 2-day finish: Quality of batting not upto standards

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Pink-ball Test: Virat Kohli did not shy away from being critical of the batting performance from both India and England as the 3rd Test ended inside 2 days after witnesssing just 140.2 overs of action at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

 Virat Kohli on 2-day finish to Pink-ball Test (PTI Photo)

Never experienced this before, it's bizarre: Virat Kohli on 2-day finish to Pink-ball Test (PTI Photo)

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Virat Kohli criticised batting performances of both teams in Pink-ball TestLack of application ensured it was a quick finish: Virat Kohliindia won the Test by 10 wickets after just 140.2 overs were bowled

India captain Virat Kohli was as bemused as the rest of the cricket fraternity after the Pink-ball Test against England in Ahmedabad ended inside 2 days, becoming the shortest completed Test match in the post-war era. Kohli pointed fingers at the batting performance from both the teams, saying it was "not up to standards" as just 140.2 overs were bowled at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

England were bundled out for just 112 in the first innings as they suffered a late collapse. India got to 99 for 3 at Stumps on Day 1 and looked like they would get a handsome first-innings lead but they were bundled out for 145 as Joe Root and Jack Leach ran through the batting order in the first session on Thursday.

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England had a good opportunity to take control of the Test as they allowed India only a 33-run lead but Axar Patel and R Ashwin once again haunted the visitors, helping India bowl them out for just 81 in the 2nd innings by picking up 9 wickets between them.

India managed to gun down a meagre 49-run target in just 7.4 overs as there was not much pressure on the two India openers in Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. As many as 30 wickets fell in less than 6 sessions in the Pink-ball Tests and 21 of them came from deliveries that went straight on a pitch that offered plenty of assistance to the spinners right from Day 1.

Virat Kohli was quick to point out that both teams have a lot to work, when it comes to batting against high-quality spin bowling and the inability of the batsmen led to the quick finish in Ahmedabad.

"To be honest, I don't think the quality of batting was up to standards. We were 100 for 3 and then got bowled out for less than 150. It was just the odd ball turning and it was a good wicket to bat in the first innings. It was bizarre that 21 of the 30 wickets fell to straight balls, Test cricket is about trusting your defence. Lack of application ensured it was a quick finish," Virat Kohli said.

"I have never experienced this before. A bizarre game which got over in 2 days," Kohli added.

Rohit Sharma top-scored in both the innings for India but his 66 in the first innings proved to be a game-deciding innings as India sealed a 33-run lead.

With the big 10-wicket win, India have now sealed a 2-1 unbeatable lead in the 4-match series. With the defeat, England have been knocked out of the race for the World Test Championship final. India will be able to join New Zealand in the Lord's final if they manage at least a draw in the final Test in Ahmedabad, starting March 4.

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