Team India were dealt with back-to-back body blows on the second morning of the fourth Test, the biggest of them being in the form of their skipper Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli registered his second duck of the four-match series and once again it was English all-rounder Ben Stokes who had his number.
Ben Stokes and Virat Kohli were involved in a heated exchange on the first morning of the Test when the latter laid into the Durham cricketer following his scuffle with seamer Mohammed Siraj.
Exactly 24 hours later, Stokes had the last laugh as he dismissed the Indian skipper for the second time in the ongoing series.
With Ben Stokes being the only seamer in the team alongside James Anderson, the charismatic cricketer bowled a marathon spell on the second morning where he made use of the bounce offered by the surface to great effect.
And, again it was the extra bounce that he extracted courtesy a perfectly pitched short of a good length delivery which led to the undoing of Virat Kohli, who couldn’t resist his natural instincts and edged one straight to Ben Foakes.
Most Ducks in World Test Championship (Indians)
4 – Virat Kohli*
4 – Jasprit Bumrah
3 – Mohd Shami
3 – C Pujara#INDvENG
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) March 5, 2021
This is the fifth time in 18 innings where Ben Stokes has dismissed Virat Kohli- the most he has dismissed any batsman in his Test career. This is also the first time that Virat Kohli has dismissed for a duck twice in a series after the 2014 rubber against England.
Kohli’s dismissal meant that India’s morning went from bad to worse as they were reduced to 3/45 in response to England’s total of 205.