Chirp chirp chirp: Virat Kohli lashes out at James Anderson for swearing at him
- India will resume Day 5 at 181 for 6
- Virat Kohli scored 20 runs off 31 balls in the second innings
- India lead England by 154 runs
The incident took place in the 17th over of India’s second innings. India had lost both their openers to Mark Wood. After James Anderson bowled the fourth ball of the over, Kohli pointed out that the England pacer was running on the pitch. Anderson then swore at him.
“You swearing at me again are you? This isn’t your fu**ing backyard,” Kohli lashed out at Anderson. After the fifth ball, the Indian skipper continued to have a go at Anderson. “Chirp chirp chirp. This is what old age makes you," Kohli said.
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However, the Indian captain could manage only 20 runs off 31 balls. He edged an away-going delivery by Sam Curran only to see wicketkeeper Jos Buttler collect it with ease.
The seasoned duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane found much-needed runs from their bats to rescue India from a perilous position and give their team a fighting chance in the second Test against England here on Sunday.
Pujara (45 off 206) and Rahane (61 off 146) thrived under tremendous pressure to bat for almost 50 overs for a 100-run stand, taking the game to day five.
When bad light forced early stumps on day four, India reached 181 for six, leading England by 154 runs. Rishabh Pant (14 batting off 29) will need some support from the long Indian tail to add some valuable runs on the fifth morning.
In the morning session, India felt the heat on a sunny Lord's morning as Wood removed their in-form openers before Kohli was caught behind to leave the visitors gasping at 56 for three at lunch.
Earlier, Indian openers K L Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who made up for the middle-order's prolonged failure so far in the series, could not bat long on this occasion. India were 56/3 at the stroke of Lunch.
Root introduced Wood rather early in the session with the ball not doing much in the air. Having the advantage of extra pace, Wood hit the deck hard to trouble the batsmen.
He got rid of first-innings centurion Rahul (5 off 30) with a back of a length delivery that straightened slightly to take the outside edge, leaving the batsmen stuck in the crease.
Rohit (21 off 36) once again looked in sublime touch before falling to the pull shot for the second time in the series. Having pulled Wood for a six, Rohit went for another one in the same over but failed to control the shot, to be caught at deep backward square.