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Hazlewood confident controversial Kohli dismissal was correct

Virat Kohli was left frustrated after being given out lbw to Josh Hazlewood, but the Australian was sure the pad came first.

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Australia bowler Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood felt the right outcome was reached in the controversial dismissal of Virat Kohli on day three of the second Test between Australia and India in Bangalore.

Kohli immediately called for a review after umpire Nigel Llong deemed India's captain to have been trapped leg before by Hazlewood, clearly confident he made contact with his bat first.

However, due to the closeness of the two impacts, TV umpire Richard Kettleborough was unable to find conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field call.

A frustrated Kohli could be seen shaking his head in the stands in the aftermath, but Hazlewood, who also claimed the scalps of Abhinav Mukund and Ravindra Jadeja for figures of 3-57, was confident the correct decision had been made.

"I think initially I just heard a bit of wood so I sort of pulled out of the appeal, but the guys behind the wicket and square of the wicket were pretty confident and he got given out," said Hazlewood.

"I think after looking at the reviews you could see it just touching that pad before the bat, so I think you had to stick with the on-field call.

"He was obviously pretty confident he got some bat on it, obviously reviewing it straight away, but as we saw it was pretty tight and I think his temperature rose a little bit, but you have to stick with the on-field call.

"I think temperatures are rising a little bit. It's obviously pretty intense out there but we try and stick to playing on skill and being calm out there and I think that's when we play our best cricket."

Australia were only able to add 39 to their overnight lead before India assumed a 126-run advantage in their second innings, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane reaching stumps unbeaten with a series-high 93-run partnership.

"I just think they showed a bit more intent," said Hazlewood.

"They scored at three an over which is an increase since the last couple of innings, just that intent at the crease and scoring off those looser deliveries, getting down the other end and to keep rotating the strike is probably key – I think the two guys did it well."

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