Sprinters in a walkathon
The 93rd over of the Indian innings, 52nd of the day, 20th after lunch on Saturday, was an aberration for a few reasons. For one, it made the Twenty20 junkies, brought up on a diet of boundaries, in the stands a happy lot. Two, it brought to an end a period of 21 dot balls. Three, that anomalous stroke brought up India's highest partnership for any wicket in this Test series. With that six, the Indian captain and Virat Kohli had forged a stand of 138 runs, bettering the opening stand by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir by a run, plotted as far back as the opening day of this series at the Motera.
Dhoni and Kohli would add 60 more to that, but runs weren't of the essence today. Survival was. So in order to save their souls and their team's, Kohli consumed 256 balls on the day, 295 over all. Two hundred and forty one of those were blocked
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