Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Virat Kohli's mic-drop adds 'humour' to series - Joe Root

Virat Kohli's mic-drop adds 'humour' to series - Joe Root

They scored 5 and 1* respectively but played a huge part in building a partnership with Kohli. When he reached the milestone, Kohli kissed his wedding ring and dedicated the century to his wife Anushka Sharma, who was watching from the stands.

EVENING SESSION (India 274, England 287 & 9-1 - England lead by 22 runs with nine wicket remaining): There is brilliance, there is utter brilliance and then there is Virat Kohli.

The day began with England managing to add just two runs to their overnight total of 285 runs in their first innings. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma scalped one wicket each. He had only mustered 134 runs in 10 innings four years ago and Kohli has already crossed that mark in his first outing on this tour.

Kohli not only surpassed his previous best score of 41 in England but also went ahead to notch his 17th Test fifty off 100 balls before Pandya departed after being trapped in front by Curran.

Behind Root as he stormed off, Kohli celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice, putting his finger to his lips and adding a "mic-drop" - mocking Root's gesture last month, after he had clinched the one-day worldwide series at Headingley with a second successive hundred.

On 97, Stokes dropped short and Kohli leaned back to punch the ball through point for four, before letting out a loud roar in celebration.

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Initially it looked like they could be set for a long, hard day in the field, with India's openers reaching 50 without a scare. Sixth ball fetches WICKET!

India's Virat Kohli celebrates scoring a century against England on 2 August 2018. However, the entire scenario changed after Sam Curran was introduced into the attack by Joe Root.

But one positive for the tourists to grab hold off while they bite into their cucumber sandwiches is the fact that Virat Kohli is still at the crease on 53 not out.

It became 54-2 in three balls as number three batsman KL Rahul (4) played a loose shot and diverted a thick inside edge onto his stumps.

It was nearly an easy-going partnership for the opening duo as they brought up 50 off just 70 balls before the drama began.

But it might have been different story had not Malan dropped Kohli in the slips off James Anderson and Ben Stokes when the star batsman had made 21 and 51.

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