Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Virat Kohli's mic-drop adds 'humour' to series - Joe Root

Virat Kohli's mic-drop adds 'humour' to series - Joe Root

Wicket-keeper Bairstow played the ball to midwicket for a single and then set off for what always looked a tight second, with Root comfortably run out by Kohli's agile direct hit on the turn to end a 156-ball innings including nine fours.

India skipper Virat Kohli mocked at Joe Root's "mic drop" celebration with his own version of the gesture but the England captain took it sportingly, saying "it adds to the spectacle of Test cricket".

From a comfortable 111 for two, England ended the day at 285 for nine with Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Shami doing the bulk of the damage. That dismissal changed momentum of the innings with England collapsing thereafter. "We have to play with what we have got, believe in the team selection and work harder, without thinking of what you are missing". Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes (21) with a return catch in the 75th over as England were reduced to 243 for seven. It was a surface that actually did a bit all day, There was seam movement at the back end of the day, and that fills our bowlers with confidence. While all eyes were on Broad and Anderson, Curran turned up after the Indian openers had put on 50 runs for the first wicket and changed the course of the game.

It was a peculiar dismissal and it came immediately after a delay in play caused by a pigeon that refused to move from short mid-wicket despite the best efforts of both Jennings and captain Joe Root.

"It just happens to be the ball before I got out and suddenly there's a huge sort of hoo-ha about a pigeon". India might have not taken the lead, but they have the upper hand in the Test.

Root, meanwhile, dropped anchor and ate up a lot more deliveries against the Indian pacers.

"I didn´t see it at the time but I saw it last night", Root told BBC Radio´s Test Match Special in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

Ashwin was the only wicket-taker for India in the pre-lunch session, bowling Cook (13) with a ripper in the ninth over. Opting to bat, England consolidated their position despite losing Cook early, reaching 83 for one at lunch. He pitched it down the middle and Cook tries to play along the line but the ball spun away from the outside edge to clatter into the top of the off stump.

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