India’s Batting Collapses on Day 2 despite Kohli’s Outstanding Show

November 18 14:26 2016

cookNew Delhi, Friday, November 18 – Day 1 of the second Test between India and England belonged to wonderful show of batting by Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. The two did a partnership of 226 runs to make India recover from early jolts, which were received thanks to surprising dismissals of the opening players Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay.

Rahul lost his wicket on a zero, making pressure to set in at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, spreading a pin drop silence in the crowd. Vijay succumbed to Broad after he scored 20 runs. But Indian captain Virat Kohli proved how to turn winning the toss into a good decision. Cheteshwar Pujara did his bit by hitting a ton with a six; what probably nobody expected, keeping in mind the game’s format. England who were feeling confident of bowling first post sending the openers back to the dressing room earlier struggled to get another wicket.

Kohli’s catch was dropped when he was batting at a score of 56. If truth be told then it turned an expensive miss by Adil Rashid. Anderson broke the partnership by earning wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara at a score of 119 off 204 balls. His innings included 12 boundaries and two sixes. Expectations were now up from Ajinkya Rahane. He struck two shots before Anderson got his wicket at 23 runs. After this, wickets began to fall. Virat Kohli was dismissed by Ali. But the Indian captain spellbound viewers by playing a remarkable innings of 167 runs off 267 balls. His innings was studded with 18 4s but no sixes that proved that he did not want to take unnecessary risk. Kohli contributed runs in way that was need of the time.

If truth be told then the way he went for cover drives and found the gaps to convert singles into twos and threes whenever possible ball is commendable. He knew his responsibility and carried on shining better and better after each over. His natural game made him get words of praise from all around. Good batting from Ravichandran Ashwin was likely the moment he came on the crease. However, wickets of Wriddhiman Saha to Ali at a score of 3 and Ravindra Jadeja in the same over on a naught brought the threat of early collapse of the middle order once again. But Jayant Yadav and Ashwin batted well to make India cross the mark of 400. Stokes broke the partnership between Ashwin and Yadav. He took wicket of Ashwin on 58 runs (4 x 6). Jayant Yadav is batting at 27 runs, while Umesh Yadav on a zero.

India have scored 427 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Now, England need two more wickets to start their innings. As of now, seven bowlers of England are trying their best to finish India innings. Anderson and Ali have taken three wickets, while Broad and Stokes one wicket each. England captain Alastair Cook wants everybody in his team to do the job. Haseeb Hameed, Ben Duckett, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Zafar Ansari would like to play their role as expected to build stress on the home squad. The ground is crowded as like yesterday. The seats in the stadium are occupied but weekend is supposed to make it get jam-packed.

To give India a good reply, Cook-led side would want to make the ball touch the boundary line often. If tactics are implemented well then the hosts may feel the heat. Root’s technique is impressive. Though he does not step out over and over again, he pockets runs thanks to his ability to rotate strike. He plays spin well too. Besides this, the right-handed batsman focuses on playing with soft hands. Eyes will be on Ashwin and Root. Fielding is going to crisp as Kohli has already told his men to not drop catches at all. This is the reason why focus of the fielders will be to come under the ball on time and pouch it to make England bear the brunt.

Not to forget that the shaky innings of India was stabilized to huge extent by Kohli and Pujara, and later Ashwin and Jayant. The tail-ender batsmen could not make use of the crease but India have managed to stay on the robust side. The burden of performing has now shifted on England. To cut a long story short about happenings on Day 1 and 2, exceptional show of Kohli made the host receive the impact, lending a hand to his squad to gain ground. He scored beautifully in India’s 1st innings. A wide smile on the face of this young Delhi boy is adequate to tell how far he has travelled as a cricketer and captain.

Here is to mention that the graph of hopes has gone up from him and others in the ongoing tournament. In view of the fact that England are to tour India till early February to contest in 5-match Test series and 3-match One Day International and T20 series, it is for sure that quite a lot of challenges are to be faced by both the teams. It is the best time to give cricketers a chance much sought to showcase their talent and enhance their skills. England know that Indians are not easy to get beaten in home conditions if they make best use of potential in them, staying focused and doing what they are supposed to do. India are able to smash in difficult situations when winning is important.