Joe Root amused by Virat Kohli's 'mic drop' celebration for run-out

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Joe Root was run out on Wednesday

England captain Joe Root said Virat Kohli’s celebration after being run out on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday was “quite funny”.

Root was set to score his first Test century since last year but was run out for 80 when Kohli’s direct hit saw him dismissed.

Kohli blew kisses towards Root before also imitating Root’s celebration of the ‘mic drop’ after the Englishman’s unbeaten ton had sealed the ODI series last month.

It was the start of a collapse for the hosts as England lost six wickets for 67 runs as they reached stumps on 285-9. They eventually ended their innings on 287 in the first session on Thursday.

Speaking to BBC Radio’s Test Match Special in an interview broadcast on Thursday, Root said: “I didn’t see it at the time but I saw it last night.

“It actually adds to the theatre of the game. It’s good to have those little moments within things. I thought it was quite funny.”

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He added: “I’m sure within the five-match series there will be plenty of that stuff going on. It adds to the whole drama of this series.”

“We’ll have to wait and see. I can’t see it becoming an issue throughout this game or moving forward.

“But it makes entertaining cricket for everyone to watch, which is exactly what you want in Test cricket.”

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Hey guys, David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this Thursday.

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Ravi Ashwin was monitoring the stumps as Joe Root was run-out.

Over and out: Ravi Ashwin was monitoring the stumps as Joe Root was run-out.

England captain Joe Root missed out on yet another Test century, during the opening day of the first Test against India. After his ton against the West Indies in August last year, Root has now scored 11 fifties without converting them it into three figures.

But Root averages 52 in Tests and is the fastest Englishman to 6,000 Test runs, you say? He is still scoring runs so what’s the issue here?

Our Ajit Vijaykumar has looked into the debate surrounding the batsman.

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The links between Manchester United and Barcelona’s giant Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina continue to grow.

The 23-year-old arrived at the Camp Nou just six months ago, but the Catalans must offload a non-EU player to meet La Liga squad regulations and the Colombian international is on the chopping block.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are not ready to give up on their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Mirror.

Despite the striker seemingly nearing a loan move to AC Milan having traveled to the city for a medical, the Premier League side are still attempting a last-ditch effort to get his signature.

The Blues were in pre-season action against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

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Leading pair: Captains Joe Root (l) and Virat Kohli (r).

England collapsed to 285-9 on the first day of the first Test against India at Edgbaston.

Even so, India appeared to miss a trick in selecting just one specialist spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin

Here, Ashish Peter looks into the debate about skipper Virat Kohli’s selection.

Even so, Ashwin was the star of our player ratings with four wickets as the dramatic action lived up to its big billing.

In contrast, it was another innings to forget for Alastair Cook.

Elsewhere in the cricket world, Nepal suffered a tough introduction to one-day internationals on debut against the Netherlands.

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10:00pm – South Africa beat Sri Lanka to take 2-0 lead in ODI series

South Africa notched up a four-wicket win in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Chasing 245 for victory, the Proteas rode on a fine 87 by Quinton de Kock to notch up the win.

Read more about the match in our report.

Quinton de Kock top-scored for South Africa with 87.

Quinton de Kock top-scored for South Africa with 87.

9:30pm – India reduce England to 285-9 in opening day of Edgbaston Test

The opening day in the first Test between England and India has drawn to a close with the visitors taking the bragging rights. The hosts were were reduced to 285-9 before stumps were drawn at Birmingham. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the the pick of India bowlers with figures of 4-60.

Check out the scorecard from the first day here. There were plenty of talking points from the opening day’s play at Birmingham. Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami was the most impressive pacer for India. Read our in-depth analysis on Shami’s performance here.

Root was run-out for 80 after a direct hit from Virat Kohli.

Root was run-out for 80 after a direct hit from Virat Kohli.

8:30pm – Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root’s ‘mic drop’ celebrations

At the Birmingham Test, India skipper Virat Kohli has given his England counterpart a taste of his own medicine. Joe Root had celebrated his match-winning ton in the ODI series decider with a ‘mic drop’ celebration. That pose was mimicked by Kohli on Wednesday after he ran-out the England skipper with a direct hit.

Watch Kohli do his best Root impression here.

Kohli ran-out Root with a direct-hit at Edgbaston.

Kohli ran-out Root with a direct-hit at Edgbaston.

7:00pm – Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann to take up commentary duties

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann is set to return to international cricket in a different avatar. Lehmann will turn commentator for Macquarie Sports Radio for Australia’s upcoming cricket season.

Read what Lehmann had to say about his new role here.

Darren Lehmann will take up commentary duties..

Darren Lehmann will take up commentary duties..

6:30pm – Joe Root becomes quickest England batsman to 6, 000 Test runs

England skipper Joe Root struck another half-century in the opening Test against India at Edgbaston. Root also breached the 6, 000-run mark in Test cricket during the course of his unbeaten knock. In doing so, the right-handed batsman has become the fastest England batsman to attain the feat.

Read more on Root’s record-breaking innings here. Meanwhile, the hosts have reached 163-3 at tea on the first day with Root and Jonny Bairstow unbeaten at the crease.

Joe Root has struck another Test half-century.

Joe Root has struck another Test half-century.

6:00pm – Career rock-bottom for India’s Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara’s international career hit rock-bottom on Wednesday after the top-order batsman was not picked in India’s playing XI for the first Test against England at Birmingham. Pujara was the one to miss out for India with Shikhar Dhawan holding onto his opening spot.

Sport360’s Ajit Vijaykumar takes a look at where Pujara’s career stands at the moment here.

A new low for Cheteshwar Pujara.

A new low for Cheteshwar Pujara.

4:00pm – Harmanpreet Kaur shines on Lancashire Thunder debut

India’s Harmanpreet Kaur made her Women’s Super League debut a one to remember with a match-winning cameo for Lancashire Thunder in their clash against Surrey Stars on Tuesday. Kaur struck a penultimate six to lead her side over the finish line.

Watch the India star’s mighty six to lead Lancashire to victory here.

Kaur struck a six off the penultimate delivery to snatch a win for her side.

Kaur struck a six off the penultimate delivery to snatch a win for her side.

2:30 pm – Ashwin dismisses Cook

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin bowled England opener Alastair Cook after the hosts won the toss and decided to bat first in the first Test in Birmingham.

India dropped out-of-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara while England selected Adil Rashid on a pitch expected to turn at some stage.

Catch all the live scores here.

12:20pm – India’s record at Edgbaston

England welcome India to Edgbaston on Wednesday as the five-match Test series gets underway in Birmingham.

Here, we look at all the six games as India look to register their first win in the Midlands.

Read more here.

Gautam Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir.

10:45 pm – England-India Test series predictions

England take on India in the first of five Tests which begins in Birmingham on Monday. Top-ranked India are without their premier fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah while England have won just two out of their last 10 Tests.

Here, Sport360‘s cricket writers make their predictions about the Pataudi Trophy 2018.

Read more here.

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