On Day 4 of the fourth Test between India and Australia in Ahmedabad, India continued to dominate as Virat Kohli hit a century and Axar Patel blasted an explosive fifty, leaving the Aussies chasing leather. The top six Indian batting pairs formed at least a fifty-run partnership, highlighting the high quality of the pitch even on the penultimate day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series decider.
Kohli added fifty partnerships with Ravindra Jadeja and KS Bharat before scoring his 28th Test century and partnering for a 162-run stand for the sixth wicket. Kohli and Axar inflicted a heavy toll on the Australian bowling attack, with Patel being particularly destructive.
After completing his half-century, Axar went on a rampage, smashing three sixes and a four in just 10 balls. The Ahmedabad crowd was thrilled to see their hometown hero putting the Australians to the sword. Among the breathtaking shots, the one that stood out was the first six, which Axar launched off Matthew Kuhnemann.
Left-handed batters often relish facing left-arm spinners as the angle favors them, and Axar made the most of this advantage. He positioned himself perfectly, crouched down, and slog-swept the ball for a mammoth 80-meter six.
As the ball sailed into the crowd, a youngster attempted to catch it but dropped it, leaving him heartbroken. However, Kohli, who was at the non-striker’s end, had the perfect view of Axar’s six and was thrilled with the shot. Following the path of the ball, Kohli couldn’t hide his excitement and flashed a big smile as he appreciated Axar’s clean strike. The match continued with Kohli acknowledging his partner’s impressive hit.