Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Pope in the 3rd Test as the Indian captain flies in the air to take a blinder
After another day of dominance by India in the third Test, England were 23 without loss in their second innings, requiring a further 498 runs to reach a massive victory target of 521, at stumps on the third day of the third Test against India at Trent Bridge.
At the start of play on day 4, Alastair Cook was not out on 9 and Keaton Jennings not out on 13 with England having a huge task in their hands to either survive six sessions or chase down 521.
As the play started, the Indian pace bowlers came out all guns blazing and within no time, Ishant Sharma dismissed both the openers. With the ball moving around, the England skipper Root and youngster Ollie Pope were finding it difficult to handle the pace and swing.
When Root was batting on 13, Jasprit Bumrah got the better of him and he was dismissed as a result of a neat catch by KL Rahul in the slips.
In the very next over, Mohammed Shami produced a full-outside off delivery to get Ollie Pope to play the square drive. He edged the ball and the Indian skipper, who was standing at the third slip took a blinder by diving to his left and completed the catch over his head two-handed. Pope was dismissed after making 16 runs.
Check out the catch here:
Don’t worry KL, Virat’s got this!
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— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 21, 2018
The Indian slip catching has been really good throughout this match and the captain has set an example by taking an excellent diving catch.
The Indian bowlers have built a lot of pressure for the England batsmen and they have a mammoth task in their hands in order to save this Test match. Kohli’s men would be looking to keep bowling in the right areas and wrap this match up quickly to register their first win in this series.
Can India pull off a win today?