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Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tries to cheat

India Today logo India Today 07-03-2017

Emotions ran high in Bengaluru where India and Australia were tangled in a tense battle to win the second Test of a four-match series. Soon after India had been razed by Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, the visitors, chasing 188 lost openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw and first innings half-centurion Shaun Marsh.

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However, Australia seemed to be back on course for their modest chase as Steve Smith led the fight for the tourists with another gutsy innings. Umesh Yadav, introduced late into the attack, generating excellent pace as he attacked the stumps repeatedly.

In his fifth over, Umesh bowled a grubber and trapped Smith in front of the wickets. Umpire Nigel Llong immediately upheld a loud appeal by India. Smith, walked down the pitch to discuss with Peter Handscomb before opting for the DRS.

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However, things got heated when Smith looked up at the dressing-room for help with the referral. According to rules, players are not allowed to seek external help - they are only allowed to consult their batting partners at the other end.

Understandably, Virat Kohli was furious with Smith's attempt to bend the rules and the Indian captain rushed to the umpires. Llong ran up to Smith and told him he was not allowed to check a referral with the dressing-room, where technicicans and support staff have access to state-of-the-art technology.

Smith walked off the field but Kohli was still angry with what his Australian counterpart tried to do. Australian commentators on air for Star at the time of the incident said Smith may not have been aware of the rules.

But that is a little hard to believe given Smith is captain of the world's second best Test team. He is the best batsman in Test cricket and rules are spelt out clearly in international cricket. Unlike India, Australia have used the DRS far longer.

How this affects the relationship between the player for the rest of the series remains to be seen. Indian and Australian cricket teams have had an acrimonious past and this new bunch under Kohli does not believe in giving an inch.

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