England vs India: Chris Woakes outfoxes Virat Kohli with the perfect set-up

England vs India: Chris Woakes outfoxes Virat Kohli with the perfect set-up

Woakes went one up against Kohli this time around.

Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli leaves the field after being dismissed by Chris Woakes. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

From being infinitesimally close to winning the first Test at Edgbaston to suffering a humiliating batting collapse in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s, India have been at both ends of the spectrum in the ongoing tour of England. Amidst it all, it was English speedster Chris Woakes who had the last laugh as he dismissed the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli with the perfect set-up.

In the previous game, Kohli had been the star player of the match, albeit in a losing cause. Letting him score the spectacular 149-run knock had almost put England out of business before they pulled it back in their favour in the nick of time. This time around, the Joe Root-led side ensured that they didn’t repeat the mistake and Woakes acted as the torch-bearer of the effort.

The epic battle between Woakes and Kohli

The second Test of the ongoing England-India series got an ominous start as it was riddled by rain the entire first day. Having won the toss on the second day, England put in the Kolhi-led side to bat first. The openers were lapped up swiftly by the veteran pacer, James Anderson with the onus once again being on the captain to steady the sinking ship.

However, Chris Woakes proved to be one up on Kohli this time around. He was brought into the attack after the second rain spell that stopped the match soon after Cheteshwar Pujara was run out in a horrible mix-up. Thereafter, Woakes proceeded to construct the perfect set-up to get Kohli dismissed by hovering continuously around the off-stump region.

Following two dropped chances at the slip and a few more spots of excitement, Woakes bowled a fuller delivery around off. The Indian skipper closed in on the bat for a flick down the leg side. But the ball kissed the edge of the willow and carried nicely to Jos Buttler at second slip, who made no mistake in latching onto it.

Here’s how Woakes dismissed Kohli

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