Forward of the Headingley Check, Staff India skipper Virat Kohli had commented that the important thing to achieve England as a batter is to ‘maintain your ego in your pocket’ and grind it out within the center. That is precisely what Staff India’s batters had finished within the first two Assessments.
Nonetheless, with the euphoria of the Lord’s win nonetheless recent, the guests batted like billionaires and have been rolled over for a depressing 78 in 40.4 overs on Day 1 at Headingley. England openers Rory Burns (52 not out) and Haseeb Hameed (60 not out) then featured in an unbroken 120-run stand in 42 overs to worsen Staff India’s day.
It was like a fishing expedition out within the center as Staff India’s batters saved poking and prodding at deliveries outdoors the off stump. Jos Buttler acted as the proper security internet for England and trapped each massive fish. The primary 5 wickets for Staff India had ‘caught Buttler’ showing on the scorecard in a record-equalling feat by the English keeper.
For a change, Staff India skipper Virat Kohli received the toss and elected to bat first. All of it went downhill from there for the guests. James Anderson (3/6), who had clearly expressed his unhappiness at being ‘focused’ by Jasprit Bumrah at Lord’s, redeemed himself like a real champion. Within the very first over, he despatched again Staff India’s in-form opener KL Rahul (0). The batter, whose software stood out within the first two Assessments, performed a free waft outdoors of stump.
Rahul’s dismissal set the tone of Staff India’s innings. Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Kohli (7) additionally fell in comparable trend to Anderson, unable to manage their urge to flirt outdoors the off stump, as England decreased the guests to 21 for 3.
The Mumbai duo of Ajinkya Rahane (18) and Rohit Sharma held fort for a quick interval to lift Staff India’s hopes. Nonetheless, simply on the stroke of lunch, Rahane did one thing that followers have been praying Rohit wouldn’t do – he gave his wicket away.
Staff India’s vice-captain tentatively held his bat out at one from Ollie Robinson (2/16) and Buttler accepted one other present. India went to lunch at 56 for 4. The Lord’s dream over, the Headingley nightmare had solely begun.
No lower-order resistance from Staff India
Staff India have been hoping for some essential runs from the decrease half of the batting as soon as once more. It wasn’t to be on today, although. The sorry story continued for the guests within the post-lunch session.
A nervous Rishabh Pant (2) went onerous at Robinson with an angled bat to allow Buttler to finish a five-fer of catches. A confused Rohit then dragged a pull awkwardly to mid-on as Craig Overton (3/14) joined the enjoyable.
Lord’s batting hero Mohammed Shami lasted one ball as he nicked a rising supply from Overton to 3rd slip. Sam Curran (2/27) then trapped Ravindra Jadeja (4) and Jasprit Bumrah (0) LBW off consecutive deliveries. Overton ended Staff India’s distress by having Mohammed Siraj (3) caught at slip.
To compound India’s woes, England’s new batting pair of Burns and Hameed then pissed off the bowlers. Kohli opened with Ishant Sharma, who started with two no balls and a large – the very last thing Staff India wanted.
On a pitch that appeared to have flattened out significantly, the England openers appeared in no bother in any respect. In fact, when that the opposition has scored solely 78, the stress robotically eases out. Aside from one ball from Jadeja that jumped out of the footmarks, it was all too straightforward for England’s openers out within the center.
Burns asserted England’s dominance by pulling a innocent brief ball from Siraj over deep backward sq. leg for a most. Hameed introduced up his fifty in streaky trend, edging Bumrah to the left of Rohit at second slip. Burns additionally reached a well-deserved half-century by punching the identical bowler by way of mid-on.
Earlier, England went into the lead with a misfield from Staff India’s finest fielder, Jadeja. As Dinesh Karthik aptly put it on air, it just about summed issues up for Kohli and Co. The day ended with a pointless overthrow as England sneaked in an additional run.
After the highs of Lord’s, Staff India wouldn’t have imagined such a mighty tumble even of their worst nightmares.