Mohammed Siraj drops Joe Root: The Indian fast bowler gave up a regulation hold to give the opposition captain a reprieve.
On day four of the second test of England’s ongoing India tour in Chennai, Indian fast pitcher Mohammed Siraj denied spinner Kuldeep Yadav his first wicket in the match by dropping England captain Joe Root.
It all happened on the 47th’s second delivery when Root swept aside Yadav but got it wrong in executing the shot correctly. After dominating the shot, Root threw the ball offside.
Siraj, who was on the court at fullback, messed up a regulation hold to give Root a massive respite. Chasing a 2 overnight, Root fought hard in the morning session to score 33 * (90) at lunch.
As for Yadav, the Chinese spinner finally chose his first wicket in the form of British drummer Ben Foakes (2). Wanting to sweep Yadav away, Foakes mis-timed the shot to hit him straight to Axar Patel in the middle of the wicket.
Yadav, who played less than 10 overs on a rotating pitch, received wide support for India captain Virat Kohli, not giving him enough chances. However, the left arm bowler being among the wickets after more than two years in the cricket test should give him a lot of confidence.
England, who lost seven wickets in the second set and still need 366 points to win the game, are on the verge of losing the game.
Mohammed Siraj drops Joe Root to Kuldeep Yadav
Life has been unfair to @ imkuldeep18 recently.
– Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 16, 2021
The reverse root sweeps straight to the point. Mohammad Siraj, the man who cannot hurt, has his first mistake. He leaves one that he will catch 99 times out of 100. I must be sensing Kuldeep. #INDvENG
– Anand Vasu (andanandvasu) February 16, 2021
We all need to come together and give Kuldeep a mental hug, right? #INDvENG
– Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) February 16, 2021
It must have been Siraj …
– Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) February 16, 2021
The top edges of the root an inverted sweep of the Kuldeep Yadav without a gate and it is a very bad drop from Siraj at the back point
– Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) February 16, 2021
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