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On Thursday, Sourav Ganguly, in a talk with a news channel said the Vizag pitch will turn square on Day 2. At that time, no one would have believed him. Even I had a doubt as the pitch curator said it’ll start to show its true nature post lunch but the experience of Ganguly spoke in the morning session of the day when after the completion of first 10 overs, offie Moeen Ali struck in quick time for England.
The first wicket of the day could have been of Ravichandran Ashwin, when he edged one to the first slip. Ben Stokes was a little bit lazy to go at it and the catch was dropped. But soon after, Kohli – who looked well set to get his third double-ton of the year – lost his wicket to Ali.
After four overs, he scalped Wriddhiman Saha. The ball turned sharply to make an impact and umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger.
Moeen Ali, who was an ineffective bowler on Day 1, immediately seemed to be like a big force. That was not all as Moeen Ali dismissed Ravindra Jadeja on a duck. England gained control within a matter of just five overs.
The Indian team needed someone who could provide some support to Ashwin and yes, Jayant Yadav ensured a wicket-less last hour of the first session to provide some sense of rejuvenation in the camp.