After having dismissed Indian captain Virat Kohli for his second duck of the series, Ben Stokes once again struck gold for England as he prized out India’s best batsman of the series in Rohit Sharma during the afternoon session.
India had started the second session on a good note as the duo of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant took the liking to Dom Bess during their 41-run-stand for the fifth wicket.
Rohit Sharma, as has been the case throughout the series, was looking absolutely impregnable during his stay at the crease and was looking primed for his third 50+ score.
However, it was that man again, Ben Stokes, who produced a bit of magic for England. Following James Anderson’s yet another marathon spell, Joe Root brought his premium all-rounder into the attack.
And, Stokes struck gold as he got the old SG ball to jag back into Sharma, who was tapped in front of the wicket.
The English team went up in unison and Umpire Nitin Menon had no hesitation in raising his finger. Rohit stuck around for a while and after a discussion with Rishabh Pant decided to take the review.
But to his and India’s bad luck, the replay showed that both impact and ball tracking were ‘Umpire’s Call’
Rohit’s patient knock of 144-ball 49 during which he also became the fastest Indian opener to score 1000 Test runs thus came to an unfortunate end, leaving India in tatters at 5/121 in response to England’s first innings total of 205.