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India and Aussie rivalry hots up as Smith is accused of breaking rules

By Ben Burrows

Virat Kohli's war of words with Steve Smith reached boiling point as the second Test between India and Australia turned ugly.

Ravi Ashwin spun the hosts to a thrilling victory in Bangalore, but it was the actions of the Australian skipper when dismissed which became the talking point as India levelled the series at 1-1.

Chasing 188 to win, Australia looked all set at 74-3 when captain Smith was trapped in front by a Umesh Yadav shooter.

Wondering whether to review or not, Smith appeared to look towards the away dressing room for help, a clear contravention of the rules of the game, forcing umpire Nigel Llong to intervene.

A furious Kohli launched into Smith as he set back off towards the pavilion. And he refused to back down after the match, stopping short of calling him a 'cheat' but still accusing Smith and the Australians of underhand tactics.

"I saw that two times when I was batting," Kohli said. "I pointed it out to the umpires and twice I have seen their players looking up there for information.

"When he turned back that's when the umpires knew. We told the umpires they had been doing that for the last three days.

"There are lines you don't cross. I won't mention the word but it falls into that bracket."

Asked if the word in question was "cheating" Kohli said: "I didn't say that, you did."

The four-match series continues in Ranchi on March 16.

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