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Virat Kohli saves himself from trolls with 73 of 54 balls, helps RCB to remain in contention

Royal Challengers Bangalore is still in contention after Virat Kohli hit 73 of 54 balls against Gujarat Titans. The former skipper shut down trolls after getting his form back and played an important knock for his team to still remain in the race for the IPL 2022 play-off.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore is still in contention after Virat Kohli hit 73 of 54 balls against Gujarat Titans. The former skipper shut down trolls after getting his form back and played an important knock for his team to still remain in the race for the IPL 2022 play-off.

Ever since the ongoing season of Indian Premiere league had begun the former skipper was struggling to time the ball. Virat had walked out of the pavilion on back-to-back first ball golden ducks thrice for the first time in his career. But yesterday’s match was a treat for his fans.

Virat Kohli played a smashing innings and almost hit sixes to every bowler of Gujarat titans. However, Delhi Capitals will have to lose to Mumbai Indians in todays match for RCB to qualify for the play-offs. But Virat Kohli getting his form back is a big relief to the Indian fans as the T20 and ODI World Cups are approaching.

Just before the match when Virat Kohli was asked about his form and temperament, the former skipper said that despite not being in-form, he is currently in the happiest phase of his life. Virat said that he is going through an evolution phase and he does not worry much of what people perceive of him. Virat believes that this is just a phase of evolution where he should not receptive to either success or failure.

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The only thing that bothers the cricketer is that he was not able to contribute to the team. But just after the match started, Virat Kohli did everything to help RCB remain in the contention of the play-offs. Virat had even spent 90 minutes on the net field, practicing for the game against GT and he finally gave a retreat to his fans by playing a knock of 73 runs.

RCB is currently at the fourth position on the IPL 2022 points table. Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans was the first team to qualify and is at the top of the points table. KL Rahul’s Lucknow Super Giants was the second team to qualify for the play-offs and is followed by Rajasthan Royals who just needs one more win to qualify. However, RCB qualification still depends on DC’s defeat to MI.

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IND vs ENG: England all out for 284, India leads by 132 runs

India came to bat first and made 4016 runs in the first innings, later England got all out for 284 and India still holds a lead of 132 runs in the decider match.

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Indian bowling attack has been phenomenal in the IND vs ENG 5th Test match against England. They did not only cage English batters but also bowled them all out for 284.

This also means that India has a solid lead of 132 runs in the decider match and now after a short break, Indian batter will be out at the Edgbaston crease for the second innings.

Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah took three crucial wickets in the last session on the 2nd day and Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur took that legacy further and troubled the English batters.

While Siraj took four wickets including the most important on of former England skipper Joe Root and on the other hand Shardul Thakur dismissed the current skipper, Ben Stokes.

But it was 31 years old Mohammed Shami who had brilliant spells while bowling England batters. He had the best line and length in the decider match and took two wickets of man-in-form Jonny Bairstow and J. Leach.

While any England batsmen could not score big it was Jonny Bairstow who scored 104 and kept England in the race. Former skipper Joe Root made 31 off 67 balls, Ben Stokes made 25 off 36 balls and Sam Billings scored 36 off 57 balls.

On the other hand, Rishabh Pant was the highest scorer of the first innings. He made 146 off just 111 balls and taking forward from there all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja made 104 off 194 balls. England’s most experienced bowler was the highest wicket taker of the first innings. He took the five wickets haul and dismissed, openers Shubhman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara, followed by Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj.

India has come out to bat for the second innings of the IND vs ENG 5th Test match. India holds a lead in the series by 2-1 and the fifth match will be the decider of who would lift the Pataudi Trophy 2022.

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IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli dismisses Jonny Bairstow with a flying kiss after he departs at 104

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Jonny Bairstow entered the beast mode after he had a verbal spat with former Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He scored 104 after struggling on the second day and the first session on the 3rd day of IND vs ENG 5th Test.

However, the highlight of Jonny’s innings was his verbal spat with Kohli. While Bairstow was struggling to time the ball, Virat was sledging the English batsman to not let him focus. But Jonny did not only score his 5th Test century in 2022 but also brought England back in the game.

Jonny departed at 104 on Shami’s fast ball, and while hitting the outside edge it was Virat Kohli who took the catch and dismissed man-in-form Jonny Bairstow with a flying kiss.

Since yesterday, Virat Kohli was sledging Bairstow to break his concentration. However, things turned ugly when Jonny replied to the former Indian skipper and Kohli being Kohli, he didn’t hold back and said, “Shut up, go stand there and bat.”

Later after the over got over, Umpire and England captain Ben Stokes intervened and asked Virat Kohli about what went wrong. Virat Kohli was seen explaining himself to the umpire and later even was seen sharing a light moment with Ben Stokes. Virat Kohli even passed by Jonny Bairstow and tapped his shoulder.

However, this is not for the first time that Virat tried to sledge Jonny Bairstow in the ongoing IND vs ENF Test series. Yesterday also on Day 2 also Virat was seen sledging Bairstow using Tim Southee’s name. However, later at the end of the game, they were seen smiling and showing sportsmen spirit.

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IND vs ENG: Rohit Sharma joins Indian squad after testing negative for Covid-19

Rohit Sharma is all set to lead team India in IND vs END ODI and T20I. The Indian skipper has joined the Indian squad after testing covid negative.

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma who had tested positive for covid-19 ahead of the IND VS ENG decider match has finally joined the Indian squad after testing covid negative on Sunday.

The 33 years old Indian cricketer who was one of the highest runs scorers in India tour of England, had to miss the fifth Test match after being infected with Covid-19 virus. Moreover, after this news was out people were also debating over the fact that who would lead Indian side against England.

However, later BCCI announced that after 35 years, an Indian fast bowler would lead team India in Test cricket. Earlier it was the first World Cup winning captain of India, Kapil Dev and now it’s one of the best fast bowlers in the world, Jasprit Bumrah.  

And by taking everyone by surprise, Bumrah is coming out to be a hands-on skipper. Currently India is holding a lead in the series by 2-1 and in the fifth match India has given a giant total of 416 for England to chase in the first innings.

After the Test series, India tour of England will be extended by three-match One Day Internationals and three-match T20 Series. Being unable to lead India in the decider match, Rohit Sharma will mark his comeback and lead India in the ODI and T20I.

Indian squad for 3 ODIs: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh.

Indian squad for 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.

Indian squad for 2nd and 3rd T20I: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel and Umran Malik.

England vs India T20I 2022 schedule

1st T201: Ageas Bowl on July 7

2nd T20I: Edgbaston on July 9

3rd T20I: Trent Bridge on July 10

England vs India ODI series 2022 schedule

1st ODI: Kia Oval on July 12

2nd ODI: Lord’s on July 14

3rd ODI: Manchester on July 17

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