For yet another time Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya gave away his wicket quite cheaply to Moeen Ali on Day 2 of the 4th Test against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. After scoring he fell to the bowling of Moeen Ali. It was a flighted delivery and he hit it uppish towards Joe Root who had positioned himself at silly point. It was a pretty poor shot especially given the fact that Pandya has been part of the England tour from the start.
India got off to a sensible start courtesy openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul. Both played some wonderful shots as India raced off to 39 in 7 overs. However, Rahul was dismissed by an inswinging delivery from Stuart Broad. Dhawan also fell in quick succession to the same bowler after getting off to a start yet again.
Hardik Pandya gets out cheaply
WATCH: Moeen has Pandya caught at short midwicket https://t.co/GhVVjUskAg
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Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara started the rebuilding work for India. Both looked resolute in the middle and struck the boundaries whenever the English bowlers build the pressure. Kohli started off brilliant and looked in ominous touch. Pujara, on the other hand, was quite stubborn in the middle and kept defying the English bowlers.
Sam Curran provided the match needed breakthrough in the form of Virat Kohli’s wicket. He played an expansive drive outside the off stump. It was caught quite brilliantly by Alastair Cook in the slip cordon. The visitors lost the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin in quick succession.
Moeen Ali ended up with another five-wicket haul. His dream run with the ball against India especially in home conditions continue. When the article was written India had lost 9 wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara is currently at the crease with his sights on a well deserved century. The match is currently in the balance and both teams have chances of winning the match. For the hosts, Moeen Ali has been quite spectacular.