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WATCH – A chink in Kohli’s armour?

July 2nd, 2017 | by admin
WATCH – A chink in Kohli’s armour?
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On slow pitches, when he is early at the crease, the Indian captain appears to be susceptible against the short ball

Déjà vu

This series might not be very significant, but West Indies bowlers might have given clues for other teams to build on: Virat Kohli doesn’t like it up there, especially on slower pitches. Kohli has batted four times, and West Indies have given him a fair share of bouncers when he is just in, and Kohli has struggled initially before becoming comfortable. On Sunday, he didn’t look at ease at all, and eventually perished to the short ball.

Holder’s day

If there is one thing that defines Jason Holder, it is that he is a big-hearted trier. Despite a history of leaking runs towards the end of an innings, he continued to front up to one of the toughest jobs in cricket and on Sunday he got his just rewards. A match-winning maiden five-for that included two scorching yorkers.

Learning new tricks

Hardik Pandya has shown in his brief career that he relies heavily on the short ball, but he showed another side to his bowling in Antigua. He got Shai Hope with a bouncer in the last match, and gave him a few short balls in this one too, but then floated that sucker ball outside off. Hope was caught on the back foot, and edged him through.

Déjà vu all over again

Three innings in, West Indies are still not picking the left-arm spin of Kuldeep Yadav. A mere five balls into the contest, opener Evin Lewis ended up repeating his dismissal from the second ODI. He was stumped off a wrong ‘un then; today he lobbed it off the inside half of the bat to short midwicket. Roston Chase went one step ahead and produced an identical replay of his dismissal in the third ODI: beaten on the outside edge when looking to work to leg.

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