Shami terms Kohli-Paine verbal spat as part of game

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Asked about his 123-run innings in the first innings, Kohli said: "When you don't win you don't really rank your performances so it's irrelevant because we didn't get the result we wanted". When you play Test cricket it is a long match and you have a long time so a little bit aggression is there and sometimes you react in the moment.

Former Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson told Fox Cricket: 'Coming into the series and saying he (Kohli) wouldn't initiate these kinds of stoushes and we saw a lot of that yesterday, the initiation when the bowlers were doing well and getting into Tim Paine.

Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. But thanks to Shami's splendid spell, Australia were all out for 243 in their second innings. The Indian team has just lost the second test against Australia in the ongoing series Down Under.

"It is probably more of a relief at the moment actually", Paine said.

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The Kohli-Paine war of words began on Day 3 when the Indian skipper took a jibe at his Australia counterpart. It's going to be on again from ball one, so we have to maintain that intensity and match India in that area. Not just in context of this series, but it was Australia's first Test win since the ball-tampering saga in Durban ten months ago. Kohli's team need 175 more runs to win but have just five wickets in hand. It's Test cricket at the end of the day, it has to be competitive.

The visitors were outdone by a second successive eight-wicket haul by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match, on a pitch that favoured the seamers. Television stump microphones also caught Paine verbally jabbing Kohli on several occasions. Play the game. You guys are the captains. "Our lower order and tail are really an important part of that and so far they have been doing a really good job".

The two national captains have been chipping away at each other for virtually the entire game, with Kohli's demonstrative antics and overt celebrations causing some furrowed brows amongst Australian representatives, all of whom are desperate to avoid anything even remotely resembling the piss-awful antics of the home side in the recent past. "We are trying to score hundreds, firstly, but, obviously, another key thing is batting for long periods of time as a team". Not only did he get Khwaja out for 72, he went on to dismiss Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Tim Paine.

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