Dinesh Karthik departed for 82 of the first ball of Day 2 against Essex during the ongoing 3-day practice match at the County Ground, Chelmsford. Karthik scored a fluent 82 of 95 balls. It was Paul Walter again who got into the thick of things. It was his delivery that prompted Karthik to cut the ball, only to find Paul Dixon at third man who completed the catch. Karthik missed out on what would have been a great hundred that would have also given him the confidence ahead of the 1st Test at Edgbaston against England.
Here is his dismissal:
Karthik was out of the first ball of Day 2. Earlier on Day 1, India got off to a disastrous start losing Dhawan for a duck and then Pujara followed as he departed for 1. Vijay, Kohli and Rahul’s half-centuries got India back on track.
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Kohli was out for a brilliant 68, but the fashion in which he was dismissed reminded us of 2014 when he had a disastrous English summer. That year he got off 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests, averaging 13.50 in his 10 innings. In coloured clothes then, he got scores of 0, 40, 1* and 13. He will certainly like to rectify that and put the record straight.
KL Rahul too got out on 58, when he was looking set for a hundred. He was out playing an ambitious shot, something he has been guilty of in the past. What would concern India is Ajinkya Rahane (17 of 47 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara’s form.
At the time of filing the story, India had Jadeja and Pant in the middle with the score on 355/9.