He just can’t do anything wrong! Joe Root takes stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane and leave India reeling after captain’s brilliant double century in his 100th Test put England in a strong position
- Joe Root pulled off a diving one-handed catch to remove Ajinkya Rahane
- Rahane tried to drive Dom Bess but didn’t make a clean connection with the ball
- It still looked set to evade Root but England captain pulled off a diving catch
- It was a highlight as England removed four Indian wickets after positing 578
- Root had scored a brilliant double century in his 100th Test for England
Joe Root just can’t do anything wrong in his 100th Test match for England.
Having made a brilliant 218 in the first innings of England’s first Test against India in Chennai, Root pulled off a sensational one-handed, diving catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane, fresh to the crease after captain Virat Kohli was dismissed, stepped forward purposefully to drive a full Dom Bess delivery.
England captain Joe Root pulled off a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane had scored just one run when he tried to drive a dipping Dom Bess full toss
It looked as though the shot would still evade Root in the field but he dived full length to his left
The top class catch continued Root’s brilliant game after a double century on Saturday
The ball dipped suddenly and Rahane’s shot became more of a scoop but it still looked good enough to evade Root in the field.
But with the ball moving away from the England captain, he dived full length to his left and grabbed the ball with an outstretched left hand to leave Rahane gone for just one run and India gobsmacked.
It was one of several high points in a great third morning for England. Their tail-enders batted for 40 minutes of the morning session to post a commanding first innings total of 578, which had been anchored by Root’s double century.
Jofra Archer then removed Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill with the new ball and India were reeling on 73 for four at lunch after Bess took the vital wickets of Kohli and then Rahane in quick succession.
Sharma and Gill had spent just over 190 overs in the field waiting for their chance and the pair found themselves back in the pavilion before lunch.
Dom Bess celebrates after claiming the crucial wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli
Bess is congratulated by England skipper Joe Root after India lost their third wicket
The hosts scored quickly, with nine boundaries in their 59 for two, but England will feel Archer’s double strike more than compensated for the steady flow of runs.
England’s tail succeeded in keeping India out on their feet but did not advance the game much before the arrival of the new ball helped Jasprit Bumrah end Bess’s resistance for a very handy 34.
He had put on 42 with his old Somerset team-mate Jack Leach, with the latter reaching 14 not out after Rishabh Pant missed a stumping chance off Ravichandran Ashwin.
The spinner ended things by bowling James Anderson on the sweep, a third reward for nearly 56 overs of work.
Kohli makes his way back to the dressing room as India struggle in response to England’s 578
Jofra Archer removed both Indian openers with the new ball to give England the perfect start
Archer (left) celebrates with his England team-mates after taking the wicket of Shubman Gill
Having watched England’s long and productive innings, India needed nothing more than a sizeable opening stand of their own.
Instead, Rohit lingered for just nine deliveries before poking tentatively at Archer as he worked up some decent pace outside off stump.
Anderson turned in an unusually harmless initial burst, straying down leg-side too often and allowing Gill the chance to show off his classy timing on the leg-side.
He made way for Ben Stokes after four overs but made a vital contribution from mid-on when Archer drew a mistake from the free-flowing Gill.
Joe Root hit a superb double century on day two in India as England took control of the Test
The England captain now has the highest innings of any player in their 100th Test match
The 21-year-old had already needed treatment for a blow to the glove from the paceman and, when he punched a full delivery aerially down the ground, 38-year-old Anderson dived to his left to claim a fine catch.
With the pitch already breaking up, Bess took advantage by taking the prize wicket of India skipper Kohli. Ollie Pope took a sharp catch at short leg after Kohli had wafted at the dipping ball and it took the inside edge.
Root’s catch to remove Rahane then left India four down but Pujara and Rishabh Pant countered effectively with a string of sixes, both reaching their half-century before tea. India reached the break on 154 for four.
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