Watch: Virat Kohli was denied a half-century in the World Test Championship Final by a blinder from Steve Smith off Scott Boland’s bowling at second slip, giving India a mountain to climb on the fifth day.

A raucous Indian audience was behind Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane at the Kia Oval as they attempted to solidify the chase with India still needing 265 runs to win.

After settling into a metronomic pace and striking his signature length, Scott Boland bowled his eighth over of the day. Virat Kohli pursued a shot outside off stump with the ball slightly seaming away from the bat.

The only thing Kohli, who had progressed to 49 from 78 deliveries, could do was move towards the slip cordon, specifically at Smith at second.

Smith, one of the best catchers of his time in that situation, launched himself into a twisted catching stance to his right while hanging on with both hands to stifle the Indian supporters.

With his 157th Test catch, Smith surpasses Allan Border and climbs to position 12 in the standings.

Through the course of the over, Scott Boland maintained his momentum, dismissing Ravindra Jadeja for a second-ball duck caught behind and nearly also dismissing KS Bharat on the first pitch when the latter edged narrowly high of the cordon.

India has a formidable uphill climb if they want to finish a 444-mile world record pursuit.

Virat Kohli with full-stretch, twisting blinder at slip

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