Indian Test captain Virat Kohli on Thursday took a superb catch at the slip to dismiss England batsman Joe Root on the first day of the fourth Test against England at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Kohli appeared clueless as to where the ball was going after Root nicked it. He later covered his ground in a fraction of a second as he took the catch from a seemingly uncomfortable position.
In another moment of the match, Ravindra Jadeja got England’s captain Alastair Cook out again in the series. This was the 3rd time in 4 Test matches that Jadeja has got his wicket.
Trailing in the series by 2-0, England won the toss and decided to bat first. They got a great start as openers Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook added 99 runs for the first wicket. After Cook departed, Jennings built important partnerships with Joe Root and Moeen Ali. He scored a century on his debut. He is the eighth English opener to achieve the feat. Moeen Ali also hit a half-century. For India, Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers as he got 4 out of 5 wickets India could scalp until tea. At the end of the 87th over, England were 268 for the loss of 5 wickets.
Meanwhile, field umpire Paul Reiffel got injured when a throw from Bhuvneshwar Kumar hit the ball on his head. Kumar was throwing the ball from the deep. The umpire came in between. He was taken off the field and was replaced by Marais Erasmus.
India defeated England in the third Test at Mohali. They lead by 2-0. To seal the series, they will have to avoid a loss here. England, on the other hand, will have to win both the remaining Test matches to level the series.
India are playing the Test in the absence of their pace mainstay Mohammed Shami. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has replaced him in the team. He bowled 11 overs without causing any harm to the English batsmen.