England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has admitted to getting a little bit lucky with the dismissal of kingpin Virat Kohli on day one of the third Test against India.
Rashid had Kohli caught at slip after tossing one up and extracting a bit of turn out of the Trent Bridge surface to take the edge of the skipper’s bat through to Ben Stokes at first slip.
Kohli was on 97 at the time closing in on another Test hundred and the wicket proved a massive boost to England who snapped up another scalp before the close to claw back into the contest with India 307 for 6.
Speaking to TMS after play Rashid said: “It was one of those balls in that driving area and he nicked it. I wouldn’t say it was part of the plan, I was just trying to mix it up and fortunately he nicked it.”
England won the toss an bowled first which in hindsight may have been the wrong decision but Rashid feels they are well placed in the match.
He added: “It was nice to get a few overs under my belt. I thought the bowlers toiled well, it wasn’t easy on that pitch so we’ll be OK with the position we’re in.”
Rashid said that the presence of Stokes in the lineup was a boost to England and said that he hadn’t detected any change in demeanor from the allrounder who was recently acquitted of affray charges in a Bristol court.
The spinner said: “He is the same as normal, massive, massive player for us.”
England lead the two-match Test series 2-0 leaving India needing to win this match to stand any chance of winning the series.
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