England finished the first day of the ongoing pink ball test against India at Narendra Modi Stadium on a high by winning the all-important wicket from skipper Virat Kohli in what turned out to be the day’s final.
It was this man again, Jack Leach, who gave visitors led by Joe Roo a much-needed reprieve as slow left-arm Orthodox inducing a rare fake kick from the champion drummer.
It all happened on the second ball in the 33rd on the Indian innings when Virat Kohli, in an attempt to cut what was not a short delivery, proceeded to play it on his stumps.
Kohli’s sacking ended a brilliant 68-point run between the Indian captain and Rohit Sharma.
Kohli’s sacking ensured that England did not have to regret the opportunity they missed when Ollie Pope gave up a regulatory catch at bowling James Anderson.
Before the sacking, Virat Kohli looked in total control, and understandably he was frustrated after wasting a great start.
This wicket notwithstanding, India took complete control of the procedure in the third test after knocking out England for a 112 poultry in just 48.4 overs.
Except Zak Crawley and to some extent Joe Root, none of the English drummers were able to pull themselves together as spin-off duo Axar Patel (6/38) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/26) went wild.
In response, Rohit Sharma, thanks to another chic half-century, held the fort for Team India. The hosts finished the day at 3/99 and on the second afternoon they will look to revise England’s first innings total first and then take a significant first leg lead.