Anderson feels everything hinges on Kohli’s wicket
England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson feels that for England to stand any chance of defending a target of 194 they will have to dismiss Virat Kohli early on the fourth morning.
Kohli is unbeaten on 45 overnight and after his heroics in the first innings Anderson had no doubt the India skipper would be central to the outcome of the match.
When asked if getting Kohli out would win England the match, Anderson said: “More than likely. If he bats like he did first innings, yes. Even batting with the tail, it was so hard to keep the tailenders on strike. He managed to find the gap.
“We need five wickets and we need them fairly quickly, otherwise they’ll get the runs. We’ve got to give it everything we’ve got and leave nothing out there.
“It’s a really exciting place to be. We know we could do something special tomorrow by winning this Test match. We’ll go to bed dreaming about getting Kohli out first thing.”
Anderson believes that the two dropped chances offered by Kohli in the first innings show that he has weaknesses.
He said: “On another day I could have got him for 20 and we’re not talking about how brilliant he is.
“No one is invincible in world cricket. We can get him out and that’s what we’ll be looking to do in the morning.”
Anderson backed himself and the rest of the attack to make a good fist of trying to bowl India out for less than the 84 runs they need to win the match.
He said: “Tomorrow we’ve got a really good chance of winning the game, if we get a couple of early wickets.
“That was a long last session for us. Towards the end we were probably getting a bit tired.
“We know it’s probably going to be 25, 30 overs max one way or the other. We can have that in our minds, to freshen it up and gear up to give it all we can.”
India will resume on 110 for 5 with Kohli and Dinesh Karthik at the crease.
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