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Virat Kohli “won’t be happy with himself” after dismissal with England on top

Virat Kohli was dismissed for just 20 runs by Sam Curran on day four of the second Test between England and India

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England got a massive breakthrough just before lunch on day four of their second Test against India when Sam Curran removed Virat Kohli for just 20.

Kohli is not in the best run of form at the moment, having not scored a Test century since 2019, but the Indian captain remains one of the best players in the world and a prize wicket.

India’s middle order has looked vulnerable in this series so far, with openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scoring the bulk of the runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane came into this Test with their places under threat and were dismissed for single figure scores in the first innings.



Virat Kohli was dismissed for just 20 runs by Sam Curran on day four
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As a result, once Mark Wood dismissed Sharma and Rahul cheaply with the new ball, there was a lot of pressure on Kohli to bat well and play a captain’s innings.

However, Curran was able to dismiss him shortly before lunch, inviting Kohli to play at a ball just outside off-stump and catching the edge.

Jos Buttler promptly claimed the catch and Kohli was on his way, with India 55-3 when he departed and England firmly on top.









Speaking on BBC Test Match Special, former Indian wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta said Kohli “won’t be happy” with the way he got out and labelled the wicket “massive in the context of this Test.”

He said: “Virat Kohli won’t be happy with himself. That was really outside off stump, almost a fifth stump. His front foot did not reach the line of the ball and he’s feathered it.

“A huge wicket for Sam Curran for England. That is massive in the context of this Test.”



Curran was delighted to claim his first wicket of the game
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Curran was delighted with the wicket and went off on “almost a lap of honour” in celebration.

Speaking on commentary for Sky Sports, former England opener and coach David Lloyd said: “It’s significant. Almost a lap of honour [from Curran].

“It’s outside, does Kohli have to play? No he doesn’t. He feels for it. Sam Curran was probing around the wicket but over the wicket has done the trick. He’s off on one!”




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