India have come under fire in the second Test against New Zealand over a dodgy tactic while in the field.
New Zealand dismissed India for just 124 in the first hour of play on Monday and reached 0-46 at lunch as they chased 132 for the win.
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India resumed the morning on 6-90 with a lead of 97 but within an hour Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah had all departed and New Zealand were heading back to the dressing room to pad up with only 34 more runs on the board.
India were clearly desperate to snare an early breakthrough when New Zealand came out to bat, but they overstepped the line with some questionable tactics.
Umpire Richard Kettleborough called out Virat Kohli after a fielder apparently called ‘two’ while Tom Latham and Tom Blundell were running between wickets - an apparent attempt to trick the batsmen into a run-out.
“Kettleborough could be heard admonishing Kohli.
“No shouting two, you shouted two there,” the English umpire said.
Kohli claimed they were simply warning the fielder that the batsmen might be considering two, but Kettleborough wasn’t having a bar of it.
“No you’re not, you shouted there, enough please.”
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After the drama of day two in Christchurch, when 16 wickets fell as India stormed back into the match only to be pegged back by the close of play, there was a more subdued atmosphere at an overcast Hagley Oval.
Trent Boult took 4-28 and his strike partner Tim Southee 3-36 but the final wicket fell when Bumrah charged down the track for a single and was left stranded as Ravindra Jadeja declined the run.
Cheteshwar Pujara's 24 was the highest score by an Indian batsman in the second innings.
India held a slender first-innings lead of seven runs after restricting New Zealand to 235 in reply to their 242.
Kohli’s nightmare series
Kohli was caught in a foul-mouthed spray at Kiwi spectators on Sunday, continuing an ugly series for the captain in which he’s failed to fire with the bat.
After Latham was bowled by a delivery that he shouldered arms to, Kohli turned to a section of the crowd and could be seen yelling ‘shut the f*** up’ while putting his finger to his lips.
He was also spotted mocking fans, apparently telling them to keep drinking and pretending to be drunk.