Joe Root catch vs India: The English captain has continued to make stellar impact in the first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
During the third day of the first Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Chennai, England captain Joe Root grabbed a remarkable one-handed catch to dismiss India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 27th over when Rahane stepped out of his crease against England spinner Dom Bess. Having converted the ball into a full-toss, Rahane ended up guiding it towards the off-side.
Giving the impression of checking his shot and not hitting the full-toss with conviction, Rahane hit it towards the left of Root at cover. With no time to move towards the ball, Root timed his dive to perfection to put on display a praiseworthy effort.
Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 25th over, Rahane departed after scoring 1 (6). Playing his first Test in India, Bess strengthened England’s hold on the match by dismissing India captain Virat Kohli (11) and Rahane in quick succession.
In the first session on Day 3, India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Bess (34) and James Anderson (1) respectively to dismiss England for 578 in 190.1 overs. It is worth mentioning that both Bumrah and Ashwin were the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets each to their names.
Joe Root catch vs India
How Twitterati reacted:
This is getting better and better for England. Joe Root takes a fabulous one-handed diving catch and now Ajinkya Rahane has gone too. India 73-4 and England are dominating the first Test of a series they went into as big underdogs
— Paul Newman 🌈 (@Paul_NewmanDM) February 7, 2021
Joe Root might as well have a bowl and finish the innings off now. Can’t seem to put a foot wrong! #INDvENG
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) February 7, 2021
Dom Bess sends both captains packing … remarkable. What a catch from Joe Root 😮
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) February 7, 2021
Dom Bess is the first spinner to dismiss both Kohli and Rahane in the same Test innings on Indian soil since Lakshan Sandakan in December 2017. #IndvEng
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) February 7, 2021
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