"It was easy as they come at second slip. It was second innings and we were chasing a target (364) on day five", Kohli told bcci.tv after his masterful 149 on the second day. "That was a attractive zone to be in". "It was hard, but I told myself that it's important to enjoy this and take it upon me as a challenge to take the team far and take the innings deep".
The hosts, playing their 1000th test, suffered a collapse of their own, losing six wickets for 67 runs, as they scored 287 runs in their first innings.
Handsome cover drive off the first ball.
The one disappointment for Kohli was being unable to take a small lead, which became his new target as India advanced towards the England total. In one innings, the India captain scored more than he managed in ten innings during the 2014 Test series in England.More news: Researchers Off Kauai Discovered a Strange New Whale/Dolphin Hybrid
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Thereafter, Pandya played the ideal second fiddle, raising 48 runs for the sixth wicket with his skipper, who took full advantage of the life he got on 21 when Dawid Malan dropped him at second slip of James Anderson. "It wasn't just about getting to the three-figure mark, but to continue from thereon". I was very disappointed when I got out because we could have taken a 10-15 run lead. "I am just happy with my preparation and not anxious about the world", he said. He finished the 2014 tour with an average of 13.40 and was undone by Anderson, who dismissed him four times in 10 innings.
Before the start of play, Virat Kohli was said to have had an "informal chat" with match referee Jeff Crowe, who reminded the India captain of his responsibilities after his controversial celebration of Root's dismissal on Thursday.
"It was a test of physical and mental strength but I am glad we could come close to their total and we are pretty much in the game". "He's great because he looks around goes 'alright then, you boo me I'll hang around and make your team spend a bit more time in the field'". "I have to commend the tail as well; Hardik batted really well after we lost five, and then the way Ishant and Umesh applied themselves". They needed some inspiration to get out of the rut and Virat Kohli stepped up to the task.