Tensions were high on Day Four of the second Test between Australia and India in Perth, with both the team's captains at the centre of it. With the hosts at 172 for 4 in their second innings, leading by 215 following a first innings lead of 43, Tim Paine and Virat Kohli got involved in a confrontation which needed immediate intervention of the umpire.
With his side on top of the match and looking set to post a massive target for India to chase in the final innings, Tim Paine took the opportunity to have a go at Virat Kohli following an altercation between the two earlier in the match.
It all began when Paine was at the non-striker's end. Kohli, while going to back to his fielding spot said something to the Australian skipper, before the latter retaliated. Umpire Chris Gaffeney, who was in close attendance, asked both the skippers, especially Paine to keep it down.
Here's the conversation which panned out:
Kohli to Paine: "I'm not saying a word to you, why are you getting riled up?"
Paine to Kohli: "I'm fine. You're the one that lost it yesterday, why are you trying to be cool today?"
Chris Gaffaney: "Oi, that's enough, that's enough."
Paine: "We're allowed to talk."
Gaffaney: "Nah, nah, come on, play the game. You guys are the captains."
Paine: "We can have a conversation... there's no swearing, no..."
Gaffaney: "Tim you're the captain."
Paine: "Keep your cool, Virat!"
Trailing the four-Test series 1-0 after a 31-run defeat in the first Test in Adeliade, Australia bounced back strongly in Perth, and are on course to make it 1-1 at the end of Day Four. Having posted 326 after winning the toss and batting first, the Aussies restricted India to 283, despite Kohli's magnificent 123.
With a 43-run lead in hand, the hosts added 243 in their second innings and set up a 287-run chase for India on a tough pitch. And by the end of Day Four, India were closer to a defeat than a victory, needing 175 on the final day with only five wickets in hand.