England finished the first day of the ongoing pink-ball Test against India at the Narendra Modi stadium on a high as they claimed the all-important wicket of skipper Virat Kohli in what turned out to be the final over of the day.
It was that man again, Jack Leach, who gave the Joe Roo-led visitors a much-needed reprieve as the slow left-arm orthodox induced a rare false stroke from the champion batsman.
It all happened on the second ball of the 33rd over of the Indian innings when Virat Kohli, in an attempt to cut what wasn’t a short delivery, proceeded to play it on his stumps.
The dismissal of Kohli brought an end to a brilliant 68-run-stand between the Indian captain and Rohit Sharma.
Kohli’s dismissal ensured that England did not have to rue the opportunity that they had missed when Ollie Pope dropped a regulation catch off the bowling of James Anderson.
Before the dismissal, Virat Kohli was looking in complete control, and naturally, he was left frustrated after having squandered a great start.
That wicket notwithstanding, India have taken complete control of the proceedings in the third Test after they bowled England out for a poultry 112 in a mere 48.4 overs.
Barring Zak Crawley and to an extent Joe Root, none of the English batsmen could get their act together as the spin duo of Axar Patel (6/38) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/26) ran riot.
In response, Rohit Sharma, courtesy yet another classy half-century, has held the fort for Team India. The hosts finished the day at 3/99 and come the second afternoon, they will be looking to first overhaul England’s first innings total and then take a significant first-innings lead.