It was a great piece of bowling by promising youngster Sam Curran as he bagged three prized wickets in quick succession to leave the visiting India in a spot of bother After bowling the hosts out for 287 runs, it was a great start from the Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. Both played some wonderful shots to get India off to a steady start.
However, Curran has an answer to their questions which saw the visitors struggling to score against him. After bowling the hosts early in the morning session, openers who showed some promise didn’t last long.
KL Rahul, who came in number three replacing Cheteshwar Pujara went for an expansive drive and inside edged straight on to the stumps. The most horrible shot of the day came from Shikhar Dhawan who looked in good touch in between.
The ball was swinging and Dhawan had already edged a ball to the slip cordon. He went after an expansive drive yet again and ended up giving a simple catch to Dawid Malan in the slip cordon. It was a horrible shot, to say the least.
Sam Curran induces a false shot from Shikhar Dhawan:
The ball-shaped away brilliantly and took the outside edge of Dhawan’s bat. After battling for the first 10 overs it was indeed a horrendous shot to play on that sort of a wicket. The southpaw scored 26 off 46 deliveries which included three fours.
Well, losing three wickets in a cluster obviously puts a huge amount of pressure on the visitors.
However, they have two able batsmen batting at this stage. Captain Virat Kohli will definitely look to score runs in English conditions. Ajinkya Rahane is also there who can provide a good counter-attacking punch.
Earlier in the day, it was Mohammed Shami, who finished off proceedings with the wicket of Curran. However, the left-arm pacer has come back quite strongly with the ball in hand. It will interesting to see how India approaches the game from here on.
WATCH – Dhawan edges one to slip https://t.co/0dFbEMZQEb
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