Root shares joke as Kohli mocks mic-drop celebration

Root shares joke as Kohli mocks mic-drop celebration

Root shares joke as Kohli mocks mic-drop celebration

Earlier, England quickly folded up for 287 in their first innings after a dramatic collapse in the final session of the first day.

The first of three wickets to fall for eight runs as he side slipped 3-216, Root's misfortune was accompanied by a full-house "send-off" from his opposite number Virat Kohli.

But the run out of Root by Kohli, who gave his England counterpart a colourful send-off, sparked a slump that saw England lose six wickets for just 67 runs. Ashwin sent back Cook for 0 with a dismissal similar to the first innings.

With the visiting bowlers seemingly clueless in their attempts to break the partnership, it took a display of supreme athleticism from Indian skipper Virat Kohli to put an end to their 104-run stand and, yet again, deny Root a century.

England would have been dismissed had Sam Curran (24 not out) been caught behind after edging Mohammad Shami's penultimate ball of the day. James Anderson and Stuart Broad failed to make the ball talk, the opening partnership had already beaten India's biggest of the 2014 tour, and is their first fifty opening partnership in England since Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund at Lord's in 2011.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who ended the day with four wickets, inflicting the bulk of the damage for the visitors.

He brought up his century off 172 balls, his 22nd in Test cricket and his fourth against England.

Joe Root and Keaton Jennings of England try to usher away a pigeon during the Specsavers 1st Test between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England. I'm sure within the five-match series there will be plenty of that stuff going on.

England had prefaced their evening woe with an earlier stumble which left them three for 112, before Root and Bairstow joined forces in the early afternoon.

His exuberant celebration showed how much it meant to him to finally get a score of note on British shores.

It got a little better for Stokes in India two years ago when he conceded 69 runs, including 12 boundaries, at a strike rate of 60 but managed to dismiss the right hander twice - taking 57.5 balls each time at an average of 34.5.

But first-change Curran made it 50 for one in the 14th over when Vijay was lbw on review after missing a well-pitched-up inswinger.

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