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Root run out sparks England collapse, controversial Kohli send-off

02 August, 2018, 22:00 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • England v India – Specsavers First Test – Day One – Edgbaston

South African-born Keaton Jennings was 38 not out and England captain Joe Root, who won the toss, 31 not out in what is the hosts' 1 000th Test match.

Kohli is widely regarded as one of the best stroke players in the world but his knock at Edgbaston was not about playing strokes as he left more than 40 balls alone. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Cook for the eighth time In Tests.

"He (Kohli) celebrated, and that´s cool", the opening batsman added.

In total, Kohli has played 14 matches against England - 9 home and 5 away matches (excluding the ongoing Edgbaston Test).

Only Cook fell in the first session, his front-foot defence defeated by a ideal off-break from Ashwin - repaying his introduction in only the seventh over, despite being India's sole spinner here, with telling drift from round the wicket before the ball turned and dislodged the off-bail.

In a shocking turn of events, the Indian cricket team haven't named Cheteshwar Pujara following his poor performance in the County and a warm-up game against Essex for the first Test at Edgbaston.

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And England, in their 1,000th Test, then saw Jos Buttler lbw for a second-ball duck to off-spinner Ashwin as he played across the line. Bairstow soon departed scoring 79 runs off just 88 balls. There was a catch dropped and a leg-before decision overturned upon review in there too.

England would have been all out a ball before the close if diving wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik had not dropped Sam Curran (24 not out) off Mohammed Shami when an edged chance was heading straight to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip. Hopefully there's plenty more to come'.

Ashwin, brought on as soon as the seventh over by Kohli, struck with his 11th delivery when he bowled Alastair Cook (13), England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, with an excellent ball that pitched on middle and hit the top of off stump.

Dawid Malan then fell lbw to Shami for eight to leave England on 112-3.

With the visiting bowlers seemingly clueless in their attempts to break the partnership, it took a display of supreme athleticism from Indian skipper Virat Kohli to put an end to their 104-run stand and, yet again, deny Root a century. It resulted in him giving England two chances, one off Anderson when on 21 and another off Stokes when he'd passed his fifty.

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