Root laughs off Kohli´s run out send-off

Jo Caldwell
August 2, 2018

One way Bairstow could have atoned for his part in denying Root a 14th Test century was to have gone to three figures himself.

England end the day at 9/1 with a lead of 22 runs.

Kohli is widely regarded as one of the best stroke players in the world but his knock at Edgbaston was not about playing strokes as he left more than 40 balls alone.

He also produced a "bat-drop" mime to mock a similar gesture last month from the England captain, after he had helped clinch the one-day series in Leeds with a second successive hundred for the hosts.

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It was a miserable passage of play for England in the hour after tea, on a day when they had long seemed sure to vindicate Root's decision to bat first on a pitch of even pace and true bounce.

The confident start nearly threatened to unravel in the afternoon before Root and Jonny Bairstow steadied the ship with a 104-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

The first ever Test match was played between the two countries on March 15-19, 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the Australian city of Melbourne. Bairstow soon departed scoring 79 runs off just 88 balls.

And England, in their 1,000th Test, then saw Jos Buttler lbw for a second-ball duck to off-spinner Ashwin as he played across the line.

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They would have been all out a ball before the close if diving wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik had not dropped Sam Curran (24 not out) off Mohammed Shami when an edged chance was heading straight to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip. Hopefully there's plenty more to come'.

Jennings picks up a single off the 2 delivery bringing Cook on strike.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special: "Alastair Cook will be gutted to get out, but the man whose head will be down in England's dressing room is Dawid Malan". Every time England tried to build a partnership, Indian bowlers struck back and it resulted in regular wickets. Back then, he managed just 134 runs with a top score of 39. While all eyes were on Broad and Anderson, Curran turned up after the Indian openers had put on 50 runs for the first wicket and changed the course of the game.

Stokes, introduced after lunch, showed why he is such an important part of this England side with an aggressive spell.

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