India lost their final review in England’s second innings when Joe Root was batting on 97.
Michael Vaughan, the former England skipper, came down hard on Virat Kohli and India after they wasted a DRS during the opening Test at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. In the 72nd over of the Three Lions’ innings, Mohammad Siraj struck Brits’ skipper Joe Root on the pads and burst into an appeal, but the on-field umpire didn’t pay heed to it and didn’t raise his finger.
Root, at that point in time, was batting on 97 and was a thorn in India’s flesh. After the umpire didn’t give Root out, Siraj insisted Virat take the review and the latter agreed. Root had gone forward to defend and replays showed that the impact was outside the off stump. Succumbing to pressure, India lost their final review with Root still going strong in the middle.
Vaughan was also appalled after Kohli and India didn’t make optimum utilisation of their final review. Vaughan took to Twitter and wrote, “India are so so so bad at reviews …. !!”
Here’s Michael Vaughan’s tweet
India are so so so bad at reviews …. !!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 7, 2021
In the next two overs, Root didn’t take any risk and stayed unbeaten on 97. But in the 75th over, the English skipper notched yet another Test century in his career. In the fourth ball of the over, Shardul Thakur bowled a full-length delivery right underneath Root’s eye. Root took a forward stride and showed the full face of the bat to hit the ball for the four down the ground.
However, he couldn’t carry on for long as in the 81st over, Jasprit Bumrah accounted for his wicket. Bumrah found his outside edge and Rishabh Pant took a simple catch behind the stumps. Root perished after scoring 109 off 172 balls with 14 fours. England went on to score 303 in their second innings and set India a target of 209 runs to win the game in Nottingham.
Root was also impressive in the first innings as he scored 64 off 108 with 11 fours. At the end of the fourth day’s play, India needed 157 runs to win with nine wickets in hand. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara stayed unbeaten at the end of the fourth day’s play.