India vs England: Ben Stokes bowls a length delivery to end Virat Kohli’s show
Virat Kohli’s wicket was the final nail in the coffin for the host team as they quickly lost their two more wickets to succumb to a massive defeat by 227 runs
Updated - Feb 9, 2021 5:51 pm
England and India were involved in a thrilling first Test of the four-match series at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where the visitors defeated the Men in Blue by a massive 227 runs in a stunning fashion. India had commenced the play at Day 5 with a hope of winning the game by chasing a mammoth target of 420 runs or staying not out to end the game in a draw.
However, the England bowlers went all guns blazing against the opponents feeble batting line-up as India witnessed a horrible collapse in the fourth innings. The home team were hit with the massive blow on Day 5 as James Anderson breathed fire with the ball and was successful in sending Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane, and Rishabh Pant back to the pavilion earlier in the game as they registered scores of 50, 0 and 11 respectively.
Despite the falling of the top and middle-order, India’s hopes of winning the game were alive due to the presence of the skipper and Batting maestro Virat Kohli in the middle. Kohli looked in good touch on Day 5 as he was able to middle the balls and held his fort at one end while the wickets kept falling from the other end.
Ben Stokes sends Virat Kohli back in style
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However, on the third delivery of the 55th over, when India was reeling at a score of 179 for 7, England’s ace all-rounder Ben Stokes bowled a stunning delivery to clean up Indian skipper and put an end to his match-defining knock of 72 runs off 104 deliveries including 9 boundaries.
Stokes bowled a good length ball and Kohli came forward to defend but the seamer got the assistance of the pitch as the ball didn’t bounce and sneaked under Virat’s bat to uproot the off-stump. After scalping the priced wicket of modern-day great Kohli, Stokes couldn’t stop himself from doing a little celebration to send off the batsman.
Kohli’s wicket was the final nail in the coffin for the host team as they quickly lost their two more wickets to succumb to a massive defeat by 227 runs and give England a lead of 1-0 in the marquee four-match Test series.