Indian captain Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Buttler meant that England had lost half their side.
During the fourth Test of the ongoing Pataudi Trophy between England and India at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, fast bowler Mohammad Shami contributed to the wickets column by picking his first wicket as England lost their fifth wicket without many runs on the board.
The wicket made sure that England further went down the hill, especially after winning the toss and electing to bat. Having made that decision, Joe Root, the English captain, would have anticipated his batsmen to post a formidable total.
Shami, who became the third Indian bowler to take a wicket, caused damage in his sixth over. Been introduced as the second change bowler in the 17th over, Virat Kohli persisted Shami even after the lunch break. The bowler didn’t disappoint his captain as he affected a dismissal in the third over after lunch.
It happened on the third delivery on the 27th over when Jos Buttler played a loose shot to edge the ball to Kohli at third slip. In which a possible attempt to play an expensive drive, Buttler failed to counter the swing on Shami’s delivery. The thick edge went in a flash to Kohli who remained confident in grabbing the ball. Buttler ended up scoring 21 (24). His innings comprised of three fours.
What remained the highlight of the dismissal was Kohli’s catch. India’s catching in the slips haven’t been of supreme quality in the recent times. Their win in the last Test at Nottingham was largely due to their efficiency in the slip cordon. Proving that that effort wasn’t a one-off chance, Kohli led from the front to take such a catch. Having already taken one low down to his left to dismiss Alistair Cook, it was his second catch of the innings.
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WATCH: Kohli grabs a sharp catch at third slip to dismiss Buttler https://t.co/HHxVdntNH6
— The SportsRush (@The_SportsRush) August 30, 2018