Kohli rues ball

RANCHI. — India captain Virat Kohli said his spinners could have been more effective in the drawn third Test cricket against Australia yesterday had it not been for the softness of the ball used in the contest. Having reduced Australia to 63-4 in the final morning after taking a 152-run first inning lead, India looked in a great position to register their second successive victory in the four-Test series. But a wicketless afternoon session scuppered their hopes.

Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh collaborated for almost four hours to frustrate the hosts with a dour fifth wicket stand of 124 runs. Kohli reckoned it could have been different had the balls used in the match retained their hardness.— Reuters.

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