former captain of india Virat Kohli England’s wicketkeeper-batsman had a heated argument Jonny Bairstow During the 32nd over of England’s innings in the fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday. Virat and Bairstow exchanged words before umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Kettleborough intervened, asking the two players to separate and focus on cricket. Kohli was seen charging towards Bairstow while the English batsman was seen to clam. Virat also tried to silence Bairstow.
Interestingly, Virat and Bairstow were seen laughing at the stumps on the second day of the Test and the table turned upside down the next day.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets while M Shami, M Siraj and Shardul Thakur took a wicket each to take over the Indian fast bowlers in England’s batting order. Sam Billings and Johnny are at the crease for England. England are behind by 220 runs.
Bairstow led England’s comeback with a counter-attack of 91 not out to take the hosts 200-6 in reply to India’s 416. Ben Stokes was dropped twice in the morning session, but the England captain could not take advantage of the relief and walked away. for 25. An on-field brawl with India’s Virat Kohli ignited Bairstow, who registered his fourth consecutive Test half-century and remained on course for his third century in four innings. Sam Billings was on seven when rain left England behind 216 for lunch.
India pacer Mohammed Shami again bowled with relentless hostility but found little success. Stokes, on 18, comes dancing on the track for Shami but misses the ball and Shardul Thakur slams the skier over cover to disappoint the bowler. Thakur faced Shami’s pain when Bumrah dropped a sitter at mid-off to give Stokes another let-off. Bumrah immediately redeemed himself, however, with a surprise diving catch when Stokes repeated the mounted shot off Thakur’s next delivery. Bairstow refused to back down into his shell and continued to attack the bowlers as he did in the home series against New Zealand last month. The best example of his scintillating touch was when he pulled Mohammad Siraj from outside the off-stump for his first two sixes.
Bairstow was declared lbw on 81, but the batsman reviewed the decision and replays confirmed an edge before the ball hit the pads. India lead 2-1 in the series which could not be completed after COVID-19 cases in the India camp before the final match at Old Trafford last year.