Indian Captain Virat Kohli avoided an embarrassing moment on the field after he managed to dismiss Jos Buttler in the second catch that he received.
England were chasing a below par 149-run total and India needed to have a early breakthrough. Had the opening pair of Jason Roy and Jos Butlter got them off to a good start, the game would have been over there and then.
Jason Roy was clean bowled by Umesh Yadav early on and now the focus shifted towards Buttler. Buttler being a very dangerous player, he could have taken the momentum away from India within a matter of 2 to 3 overs which could have proved detrimental.
On a full length ball off Umesh Yadav, Butler tried to club the ball over mid off towards the short front boundaries. However; he could not get the elevation as the ball went towards Virat Kohli in what was quite a simple catch.
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However, Kohli mistimed his jump as the ball went inside his palms and was out the other moment. It was just two balls later that Kohli received another chance which was a little difficult as compared to the first one. However, this time Kohli was successful in plucking the catch as he finally managed to redeem himself.
Although, Buttler was dismissed, it was the likes of Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow that did the real damage. Bairstow struck two fierce blows in one over of Kuldeep Yadav to bring the required run rate in check.
It was Alex Hales who gave the finishing touch by hitting a couple of explosive boundaries towards the end of the innings. It was the six off the very first ball of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s last over which struck a blow to India’s hopes of getting back in the match.