Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Root's 'mic-drop' mocked as India shade day-one honours

Stuart Broad celebrates with Joe Root Stuart Broad and James Anderson need plans to get Virat Kohli out cheaply Credit
| 03 August, 2018, 17:58

Joe Root says that he welcomes the spice that Virat Kohli's "mic-drop" celebration will add to the England-India Test series, after his dismissal to Kohli's direct-hit run-out turned the tide of England's innings on the first day at Edgbaston.

Three catches were dropped in a frantic and exciting afternoon session, two of which would have seen the back of Kohli.

Root was looking set to get a big one but a brilliant piece of fielding from Kohli saw the right-hander getting run-out for 80. With India bundling out for 287, Ravichandran Ashwin sent Alastair Cook packing early on just before stumps and will look to carry on the same momentum.

Virat Kohli's stupendous knock of 149 runs in the ongoing first Test against England has given India the chance of winning the game out of nowhere. Kohli, who was the stand-in captain at the time, was clear that India would go for the target.

In fact, his total beat the combined scores in his 10 previous innings in England from India's five-test tour in 2014.

The India captain was running out of partners, however, as his team chased down England's first-innings total of 287.


Earlier, resuming the third session 160/6 and still trailing by a good margin, Kohli continued his solo act after bringing up his half century just before tea. "The support from them was outstanding", Kohli added.

In fact, Kohli was booed when he walked out to the crease on Thursday.

But it might have been a different story had not Malan dropped Kohli in the slips off James Anderson and Ben Stokes when the star batsman was on 21 and 51.

Buttler was injured diving to his left at gully in an attempt to catch Kohli off Anderson, the ball appearing to clip his fingertip, though in a boost for England he was cleared of any major damage.

The Indian Captain forged a partnership with Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav and helped India add 105 more runs before being dismissed. 50-0 quickly became 59-3 as Curran took three wickets in eight balls, dismissing each of India's top three. India scored 274 runs before getting bowled out in which 149 runs were contributed by Virat Kohli and the 2nd highest scorer was Shikhar Dhawan (26).

Stokes, introduced after lunch, showed why he is such an important part of this England side with an aggressive spell.

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