It was the third delivery of the third over and Mohammed Shami was gunning across after two balls that had been kept on the off stump and had angled away into the gloves of Wriddhiman Saha. But this ball pitched on middle and off and maintained its seam position to hit the top of off stump and send Alastair Cook walking. Not only did it hit the top of off stump, the ball did enough to break the off stump into two. The top part of the off stump went flying while the bottom part stayed grounded.
The early dismissal gave India a superb start to have England reeling at 4/1 after the hosts had scored 455 in their first innings of this second Test in Visakhapatnam.
Much like the first two balls of the over, Cook expected the ball to angle away but instead the ball maintained its line or moved in sharply to find the big gap between Cook’s front foot defence and the pad. The top half of the stump was eventually retrieved by Ajinkya Rahane from short third man position.
The second day’s play had India beginning from 317/4 with Virat Kohli on 151 and R Ashwin on 1. Where the Indian skipper, Kohli, was dismissed for 167, Ashwin once again produced his prowess with the willow to score 58. There was good support for him from debutant Jayant Yadav who scored 35.
Cook came into the second Test on the back of a ton in the second innings of the first Test in Rajkot.
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