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India vs England Second Test Day 4: 5 talking points

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Test cricket was back alive as England fought hard against India and the pitch to take the game to Day 5 at Visakhapatnam.

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A sensational catch by Ben Stokes in the slips underlined the Day's play at Visakhapatnam (All images courtesy of BCCI)

If anybody thought India had run away with the game, they were made to rethink by a superb effort from the Englishmen, who owned Day 4 of the second Test at Vizag, despite being well behind in the game. Chasing an improbable 405 for victory or playing out more than 150 overs for a draw, England brought out the South African spirit in them as the openers blocked their way to frustrate India.

Earlier in the day, Broad and Rashid ensured India did not have the freedom to declare the innings. It took some late order hitting from Umesh and Shami to set England a 400+ target. Broad and Rashid shared four wickets apiece as India were bowled out for 204.

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While England are still way behind in the game and negotiating the three Indian spinners on a crumbling wicket seems a hard task, they have shown the right spirit thus far forcing everyone to appreciate their resilience. They still need to survive at least 90 overs and do not have their captain to help them through. But he and his young opening partner has shown the way for the middle order.  

Let us take a glance at the five talking points from Day 4 of the Second Test of the series between India and England at Visakhapatnam.


#5 Stokes ends Kohli's stay at the crease

A sensational catch by Ben Stokes in the slips underlined the Day's play at Visakhapatnam. Kohli was on his way to another brilliant hundred to back up a hundred in his first innings.

Adil Rashid bowled an innocuous delivery that turned away from Kohli, who went with hard hands at the sharp turner. The ball flew to the right of Stokes at first slip who flung horizontal, parallel to the ground to grab a one-handed stunner. 

Kohli has had a great 2016, converting all of his half-centuries to centuries till today this year. It required something outstanding effort to end his outrageous run and Stokes produced that in the field.

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