Vizag Test: England need to roar against India on Day Five
Kohli & Co didn't miss a trick-save for the failure with the DRS—whilst trying to bowl England out a second time, but with both sides displaying grit in good measure, it's anyone's game in Visakhapatnam today
India's Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja celebrate the fall of England skipper Alastair Cook during the fourth day's play of the second Test in Visakhapatnam yesterday. Pic/PTI
Visakhapatnam: Virat Kohli may have missed out on the unique feat (for an Indian) of scoring a 100 in each innings of his 50th Test but neither he nor his team missed a trick-save for the failure with the DRS—whilst trying to bowl England out a second time in the second Test. Yet, as it happened, England didn't lose a single wicket for as many as 50.2 overs of attritional play on a fourth day track at the YSR Stadium here, a day they finished with 87/2 from 59.2 overs. Welcome to Test cricket, the world of big boys.
Three Lions is the England team's symbol and a lion-hearted show was what the visiting side put on, both with the ball in the pre-lunch session and with bat thereafter. If Stuart Broad, despite a strained tendon, set the tone with a straight eight-over spell in the morning-between overs he could barely walk but despite all the hobbling he continued to stay in the field even when out of the attack—during which he got the ball to bounce disconcertingly and used the off and leg cutters to great effect, later it was all about veteran Alastair Cook and his fellow opener Haseeb Hameed, who's into his second Test only.
Kohli tried his pacers from either end, switched his spinners too around, who themselves alternated between bowling from over the stumps and around but all they got in return was a dead bat response from Cook and Hameed. Ravindra Jadeja bowled into the rough outside to the left-handed Cook, R Ashwin used all the variety in his armoury, both even used up one review each in desperation, all to no avail.
Cook was unmoved through it all until what became the final ball of the day when Jadeja finally got a positive response from the umpire. Cook (54, 221m, 189b, 4x4) went for a referral but Kumara Dharmasena and Jadeja had got it right. Earlier Ashwin had trapped Hameed (25) plumb in front.
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