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Australia vs India drama as Virat Kohli dismissed by Ajinkya Rahane’s inexcusable error

Impending captain Ajinkya Rahane’s schoolboy error has gifted Australia control of the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, where India slumped to 6-233 at stumps on day one after Virat Kohli’s needless dismissal.

Kohli’s one-Test tour lived up to its hype on a topsy-turvy Thursday, when he won the toss and came to the middle at 2-32 after the hosts removed both openers.

Watch the incident in the video above

There was blood, when Kohli copped a nasty blow to the gloves from Mitchell Starc during a knock of 74.

There was sweat, when Nathan Lyon toiled diligently and was rewarded with the scalp of Cheteshwar Pujara (43 from 160 balls).

And Rahane could be excused for shedding a tear, having shifted momentum with a moment of madness that came after Kohli dug in while dragging India to 3-188 late in the final session.

Rahane called yes in search of a quick single during the 77th over, only to immediately realise his mistake as Josh Hazlewood swooped on the ball and tossed it to Lyon.

Australia were gifted control of the first Test thanks to a moment of madness that led to Virat Kohli’s wicket. Credit: Getty

It was far too late to send the skipper back.

Kohli was run out, for just the second time in his 87-Test career, as he approached a fourth Test century at the venue.

Rahane, who will captain the tourists in the next three Tests after Kohli returns home for the birth of his first child, raged at himself, apologetically held out both hands then looked to the sky.

“Massive wicket,” Lyon said.

“He was batting extremely well as well.

Nathan Lyon of Australia knocks the bails off the stumps after a throw from Josh Hazlewood of Australia to dismiss Virat Kohli of India for 74 runs during day one of the First Test match between Australia and India.
Nathan Lyon of Australia knocks the bails off the stumps after a throw from Josh Hazlewood of Australia to dismiss Virat Kohli of India for 74 runs during day one of the First Test match between Australia and India. Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

“Satisfying (day) … we can get a lot better.”

Hazlewood reminded Lyon of his error in a similar situation, at Headingley last year, after the key wicket.

“It’s good to be back on the board after the Ashes … Josh ran up to me, saying ‘he’s back, he’s back’. There was a bit of banter.”

Kohli shot his partner a look of disbelief before trudging off.

Rahane’s blunder also made waves on social media as Indian fans reacted to the devastating loss of wicket.

It came a day after Kohli spruiked Rahane’s level-headed approach and leadership.

“We’ve had a lot of mutual understanding and respect over the years. We’ve had some great partnerships batting together, based on trust,” Kohli said on Wednesday.

The shocking mix-up brought a degree of relief for Tim Paine, who opted against reviewing a caught-behind shout that could have dismissed Kohli on 16.

Australia grabbed two quick wickets with the second new ball after Kohli’s dismissal.

Starc, having fired out Prithvi Shaw for a duck with the second delivery of the game, needed four balls with the second new pill to trap Rahane lbw for 42.

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