Root laughs off Kohli´s run out send-off

Ruben Holloway
August 2, 2018

Joe Root´s run out by opposing captain Virat Kohli sparked an England collapse against India on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday and may have set the tone for the series after the tourists´ skipper gave him a colourful and controversial send-off.

Booed by the crowd when he came out to bat, Kohli left to applause from the England fielders and fans alike. Umesh Yadav stuck around for 16 balls, but with Kohli looking for quick runs, even England's fully spread out field could only watch on hoping for luck to turn.

Shami took the wicket of Jennings midway through the afternoon while Dawid Malan could only score eight before becoming the Indian medium pacer's second victim of the day.

The last time India toured England was in 2014 under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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Bairstow drove Ashwin towards mid-wicket and made the mistake of calling for a second run, and Kohli brilliantly picked up the ball and launched his throw towards the non-striker's end and got a direct hit with Root far from home, thus ending the England captain's innings, who achieved the landmark of 7000 Test runs during his 80-run knock. Opting to bat, England consolidated their position despite losing Cook early, reaching 83 for one at lunch.

England, who were 216 for four when Root was dismissed, lost their next four wickets for 27 runs, with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who ended the day with four wickets, inflicting the bulk of the damage for the visitors.

On 97, Stokes dropped short and Kohli leaned back to punch the ball through point for four, before letting out a loud roar in celebration.

At stumps, England were 285 for nine in what is their 1,000th Test. While all eyes were on Broad and Anderson, Curran turned up after the Indian openers had put on 50 runs for the first wicket and changed the course of the game. Murali Vijay was trapped lbw on review for 20, KL Rahul played a loose drive and was bowled via an inside edge for four, and Shikhar Dhawan was caught at second slip for 26.

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India got off to a flier.

- Virat Kohli (@Virat_Cricinfo) August 2, 2018Looking at the ball, no surprise, no cloud= no wickets for the Cloud Brothers.

Curran had figures of 3-23 from six overs.

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