The England team needed to stay in the game in the second Test of the five match series against India at Vishakapatnam and in order to do that they needed to make the most of the morning session on Day Four. The day kick started pretty well for them when they dismissed Ajinkya Rahane for 26, then removed Ravichandran Ashwin followed by Wriddhiman Saha as well in order to give early pressure to the hosts.
However, the visitors’ day got made when they dismissed the biggest fish of ‘em all, Virat Kohli and that reduced the chances of England getting a much bigger target to chase in the fourth innings.
As they say that to get a special player out you need to do some special stuff and the similar saying goes to Virat Kohli as well. England team took out the best effort possible to dismiss the great like Indian skipper and the credit of that effort goes to none other than the all-rounder Ben Stokes.
The 48th over of the innings was being bowled by leggie Adil Rashid and he bowled a flighted leg break and Kohli went for the ferocious drive. The ball took a thick outside edge which flew wide of Stokes, who left the ground and vaulted into the air and plucked this one-handed blinder behind his body to send the Indian skipper back for 81 and deny him a century in each innings of his 50th Test.
Considering the effort in the first innings of this Test, Rashid had dropped Kohli at the long leg boundary when the bowler was Stokes and that cost the team a lot as Kohli went on to make a brilliant 167, but in the second innings Stokes made sure that the run-machine did not get a bigger score under his belt with a superb effort at slips.