Virat Kohli’s poor form continued on Friday as he was dismissed for 11 runs against England in Edgbaston. Kohli, who walked in with his team in trouble at 46/2, had to walk back towards the dressing room soon as rain lashed Birmingham shortly after. Nonetheless, he was back in the middle and soon saw his off stumps going for a toss. It all happened in the 25th over of the match where Matthew Potts bowled a good length delivery to which Kohli attempted no shot at all. As he was looking to leave that one, the ball hit the bat and he chopped one back onto his stumps.
After the dismissal, that wry smile was back on Kohli’s face which has become synonymous with him throughout the entire IPL 2022. This is how it all transpired:
Kohli Busted 😛 pic.twitter.com/JdmedXw4lr
— Azhar (@Ibn_Al_Qayyim) July 1, 2022
After Kohli’s departure, Shreyas Iyer also followed suit which reduced India to 98/5 after Lunch.
Meanwhile Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja’s counter-attacking partnership helped India recover to 174 for five at tea on day one of the rescheduled fifth Test against England here on Friday. Pant (53 batting off 52) and Jadeja (32 batting off 65) put an unbeaten 76-run stand off 101 balls to script India’s fightback after they were reduced to 98/5. Rain delayed the start of the second session by an hour and England were all over India soon after play resumed, reducing the visitors to 98 for five. While James Anderson did the damaged in the morning, Matthew Potts got the prized wicket of an out of form Virat Kohli (11) and a shaky Hanuma Vihari (20) post lunch to put England on top. Vihari was the first to go after Potts trapped him in front of the stumps with a full ball that darted back sharply. In his following over, Potts sent back Kohli, who dragged one on to his stumps in his half-hearted attempt to leave the ball. The former India skipper had looked quite assured in the middle until he was caught in two minds while leaving the ball.
India looked down and out at that stage and fresh lease of life was infused in the innings by the two southpaws, Pant and Jadeja. Pant has made a reputation of taking the attack to the opposition even when chips are down and he just did that in the company of the more experienced Jadeja.