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India vs Australia, 1st Test: Johnson hits Kohli on helmet first ball

The emotional toll that Phillip Hughes' death has taken on the Australian cricketers was all too evident when the home side's nervous players rushed to check on Indian skipper Virat Kohli after he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer.

cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2014 10:04 IST
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The emotional toll that Phillip Hughes' death has taken on the Australian cricketers was all too evident in Adelaide on Thursday when the home side's nervous players rushed to check on Indian skipper Virat Kohli after he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer.

The opening Test, which has seen an outpouring of emotions owing to Hughes' death a couple of weeks ago after being hit by a bouncer in a domestic game, was witness to some more dramatic moments on the third day here.

In the 31st over of India's first innings, Kohli walked in after the dismissal of Murali Vijay (53) and was immediately welcomed by a short-pitched delivery from Johnson.

The right-hander ducked but was hit on the badge of his helmet, prompting him to take off his gear for a moment.

And perhaps it was the trauma of Hughes' death that had a nervous-looking Johnson immediately rushing to check on Kohli's well-being.

The Indian seemed unfazed but the Aussies were visibly rattled when Kohli took off his helmet. Home team's skipper Michael Clarke was among the fielders who ran up to him and enquired if he was alright.

Clarke, who has broken down publicly quite a few times since Hughes' death due to his close relationship with the late batsman, was later seen comforting Johnson as well by patting the fast bowler's shoulders.

Even the umpires walked up to Kohli to check on him. Kohli was unharmed, however, and survived to lunch on three, with Pujara 34 not out at the other end.

Seamer Ryan Harris, back in the side after a long recovery following knee surgery, took an early wicket by bowling opener Shikhar Dhawan who had raced to 25.
Harris sent in a probing delivery that nipped back a fraction to catch an inside edge and cannoned into the stumps.

Vijay and Pujara then frustrated the bowlers for much of the morning, with the opener taking to offspinner Nathan Lyon, clubbing him for a six over his head and a four with the same shot on the next ball.

Vijay whipped three runs off his pads from Harris to raise his half-century shortly before lunch.

A lunging Mitchell Marsh, fielding in the slips in place of Clarke, earlier missed a half-chance when Johnson coaxed a nick from Vijay that rocketed between the all-rounder and Steven Smith when the batsman was on 11.