India vs England: Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes Engage in Cheeky Banter at Motera
It was a sight involving Virat Kohli, and the Indian cricket fans are well aware of the energy and character the Indian captain brings to the field. In the all-crucial pink-ball test between India and England, Kohli and English allrounder Ben Stokes engaged in a cheeky banter in the 24th over of the first innings. Spinner Ravi Ashwin stood at his bowling mark, ready to deliver when Stokes asked him to give him some time.
The star-allrounder, who looked under pressure, appeared distracted by the movement of drone cameras over his head. Kohli, who was at the time fielding at slips, looked annoyed and approached Stokes saying, “Come on, Yaar Ben, come on.” The English allrounder then hinted at the cause for disturbance before Kohli went back to hisfielding spot. The banter ended with both players having a smile on their faces.
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Stokes, who has been dismissed 10 times in tests by India’s star spinner, fell prey to Axar Patel, who was terrific on the day, picking 6 wickets for India. England captain Joe Root won the toss at the newly inaugurated Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad and chose to bat. Ishant Sharma, playing his hundredth test for India, struck early before spinner Ashwin and Patel took charge.
The former picked three wickets, while the latter continued where he left in the fourth innings at Chepauk. The left-arm spinner picked six wickets on the day, bundling England at a paltry total of 112.
India then made a steady start before Shubman Gill was dismissed by Jofra Archer off a short-rising delivery. Soon after, Pujara, too, lost his wicket, but opener Rohit Sharma was once again at the top of his form, batting at 57 when the umpires called stumps on day 1.
Captain Kohli, who looked in good touch, got out in the final over of the day to spinner Jack Leach. Even though Indians trail by just 13 runs, the two sides will take to the field on day 2 to take an early advantage.
England have gone into the game with just one frontline spinner and are relying heavily on the veteran fast-bowling duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad for wickets. Archer, who has also returned to the side, will also look for early wickets on day 2. The four-test match series is currently tied 1-1. While England handed India a 227-run defeat in the first test, the latter came back strongly in the second match, crushing their opponents by 317 runs.