Both the openers are back in the hut and India are right back into the game. It is the way he plays, that's the thing, and I have some sympathy for him. Victory in London confirmed England's spot as the No. The story of the second innings was more or less the same as Kohli top-scored with 51 runs in 93 balls. The target is down to 140. A bad shot from Moeen, in truth - he turned his back on one in the first Test as well - but it was a storming delivery. Until someone taps me on the shoulder.
Ansari bowls it on leg stumps from round the wicket, Kohli goes for the flick, miscues and the ball lands just short of both the bowler and Cook at silly mid off. . First he was beaten by a very good lifter from Sharma, which jagged back yet beats the outside edge. That's it from this Test match. Prior also pulls a single from his second ball. You can purchase 2nd tickets of vs and watch the match at London.
Dhawan who is in pain responds and rushes towards the non-striker's end where Roy releases the throw. India vs England 1st Test: The Edgbaston stadium has all set and the warm-up matches are on the line. He would be looking to do just that. But there comes a time when every dying man, no matter how strong, just wants to sleep. They will hit Prior too, because he has been bounced out more often than not this summer.
And the tactic has worked! Root wears the next ball, another beauty, on the left breast and escapes down the other end for a leg bye. Cheteshwar Pujara: Me and Virat had a chat that we had to build a partnership till drinks after the early loss of wickets, which then extended till lunch. There were four consecutive pulls for a single - but then, when Sharma went round the wicket, Prior hooked straight to Vijay at deep midwicket. The new ball's the thing. Kohli scored 149 in the first innings while the other batsmen could only score 107 runs combined. Jos calls for it and completes the catch behind the wicket.
India need nine wickets to clinch the Vizag Test. It feels good to accentuate the positive once every couple of years. I hit the ball a bit better, even though I didn't score many. In turn, it also highlighted India's glaring weaknesses in the 50-over format, which are shielded to a certain degree in T20 cricket. This is hiis third wicket of the spell - all to the short ball - and his fifth of the innings. Now there is no doubt which side is on top. Root wears one, decides he's had enough of that and pulls the second for a single.
Stokes continues with the short ball ploy for the first four balls before reverting back to over the wicket. But the manner of that collapse - and the whole performance - will make this the toughest test yet of his unquitability. It looks like India are going to hit England with short stuff from both ends, with Mohammad Shami. I wonder what the record is for consecutive bowling changes in a Test match. But that was something else. That's the first boundary for 16 overs. They need another 105 in 79.
Jack McKenna: I can only apologise for my wayward prediction on Friday Rob. He angles this into the body of the batsman who goes for the pull but the bounce does him in. Dear lord, what a sorry fiasco. With 18 runs in his last nine innings he wasn't quite in the necessary nick for that, and it went miles in the air towards midwicket. I don't tune-in to an over-by-over report for demented optimism. Iyer also gave a good account of himself in Port Elizabeth batting at number five.
Especially with Kohli regaining fitness, Karun Nair still isn't seen to be active during practice sessions. Left-arm seamer Sam Curran earned his maiden call-up to the England Test squad, as he named in the team to face Pakistan in the second Test as cover for Ben Stokes, who is suffering from a tight left hamstring, there is a possibility that Stokes could play as a specialist batsman. Ashwin has really been in the wars today. He replaces Shami with Jadeja. If this pair are still together at tea, with 50 needed, then I might just begin to consider the possibility that England might scrape home by one wicket. So yeah, it is tempting though to field two spinners, but again we have to take a call on that.