Indian captain Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Cook made matters worse for the home team as they lost their fourth wicket in the morning session.
During the fourth Test of the ongoing Pataudi Trophy between England and India at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, Hardik Pandya picked up his first wicket in the form of Alastair Cook as India strengthened their position in the first innings of the match.
Looking at how things progressed in the first session, anticipating this would have been the last thing in England captain Joe Root’s mind. Having won the toss and electing to bat, England lost four wickets in the first session, something which hurt their decision to bat first.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma had taken the new ball for India. It was Bumrah who drew first blood in his second over as he dismissed Keaton Jennings, leaving him out of sorts. Bumrah affected another dismissal as he managed to induce the outside edge of Jonny Bairstow’s bat, which was caught behind safely by Rishabh Pant.
Pandya was introduced into the attack as the first change bowler in the 14th over. In which was his third over, the 18th of the innings, he dismissed England’s most-experienced batsman in Cook. On the first delivery of the over, Cook played an unorthodox shot (by his standards), attempting to cut a not-so-short-of-a-length delivery.
The ball flew off the edge of his bat and went down very low to Kohli at third slip. The Indian captain adjusted extremely well to fall towards his left side, catching the ball just above the ground.
Having battled the conditions and the opposition bowlers for 18 overs, England would have wanted Cook to carry on. However, that wasn’t the case as he walked back to the pavilion for 17 (55). His innings comprised of three fours.
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WATCH – Kohli takes an excellent catch to dismiss Cook https://t.co/pgQIm1OGRw
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