Virat Kohli delighted to see ‘2nd innings strike bowler’ Mohammed Shami deliver consistently

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on Mohammed Shami after the pacer ran through the South African batting line-up on the final day of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.Virat Kohli said Mohammed Shami has delivered whenever the team needed 2nd innings wickets in tough conditions and his 5-wicket haul on Sunday is just a testimony to his importance in the second half of Test matches.Mohammed Shami picked up his 5th 5-wicket haul in Tests after coming up with an inspired spell of bowling. Shami’s figures of 5/35 helped India bowl South Africa out for 191 in the 2nd innings and register a 203-run win in the Visakhapatnam Test.India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Report | Highlights”Shami has been the strike bowler for us in the 2nd innings consistently now. If you see all his 4, 5-wicket hauls, it comes in the 2nd innings where the team invariably needs it. He reverses it well. That’s his strength. All the guys stood up to their strength. The bowlers had it tougher to keep going in these conditions. So they deserve a little bit of extra credit,” Virat Kohli said.1-0 #TeamIndia win the 1st Test in Vizag by 203 runs #INDvSA @Paytm (@BCCI) October 6, 2019Stressing that India pacers are more than willing to work harder for their wickets in the sub-continent conditions, Kohli said: “Look, it’s all about the attitude. If the fast bowlers step onto the field, thinking the spinners are going to do all the job, it doesn’t do any justice to them playing in the XI. I think the attitude and the mindset they have created has been outstanding.advertisement”Even in India, they are looking to contribute. It’s not like if it’s hot and humid, they gave up. They ask for shorter spells and they give their 100 percent. They have been brilliant. That’s when you see guys like Shami, Ishant, Bumrah and Umesh, in the past, doing important things that we want them to do.”Mohammed Shami has picked up 4 5-wicket hauls out of his 5 in the 2nd innings. The Bengal pacer inevitably steps up in the 2nd innings. He has 80 wickets in 2nd innings in Tests at an average of 22.58 as compared to his 1st innings tally of 78 at 34.47.On Sunday, Mohammed Shami got the ball on a slow track to do wonders. He castled Faf du Plessis with a beauty even as the South Africa captain shouldered arms to the ball that came back in sharply after pitching. He got another big wicket when he dismissed 1st innings centurion Quinton de Kock.Shami came back in the 2nd session to break a frustrating 91-run stand for the 9th wicket between Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy by removing the former. He wrapped up the South Africa innings by picking up Kagiso Rabada’s wicket.Superb effort from R Ashwin in 1st innings: KohliMeanwhile, Virat Kohli also heaped rich praise on R Ashwin for his effort in the first innings. Kohli pointed out that the pitch was not doing much in the 1st 3 days and it was commendable to see Ashwin pick up a 7-wicket haul.Notably, Ashwin shone on his return to the Test XI after nearly an year’s gap as he finished the Visakhapatnam Test with 8 wickets.”Jaddu and Ash, again, were really really good. Ash, in the first innings, was outstanding, given the conditions. The pitches were flat, they got a few boundaries away. We have to accept that because we all got 500. There weren’t any demons in the first innings. We always knew this was going to be a 2nd innings game. The fact he picked up 6 (7) wickets in the first innings is a great effort from his end,” Virat Kohli said.Also Read | India vs South Africa, 1st Test stat pack: Six-fest, Rohit’s twin hundreds and peerless AshwinAlso Read | India vs South Africa: R Aswhin equals Muttiah Muralitharan’s record for fastest to 350 Test wicketsAlso See:last_img read more

Report: Fulham 1 Huddersfield 0

first_imgAleksandar Mitrovic scored in injury time as Fulham claimed a 1-0 home win over fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half but were indebted to Jonas Lossl in the second, the goalkeeper saving a penalty from Aboubakar Kamara.However, Mitrovic struck in the 91st minute to lift Fulham above Burnley and to within a point of safety, while David Wagner’s side remain bottom of the table after seven defeats in a row. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mitrovic nodded wide with the best chance of a quiet first 30 minutes, while Steve Mounie came closest for Huddersfield before half-time with a header that was saved well by Sergio Rico.Calum Chambers headed a Cyrus Christie free-kick wide as Fulham began to show more intent after the break, before Joe Bryan shot straight at Lossl after being teed up in space 12 yards out, and Mitrovic saw a header brilliantly tipped wide.Kamara was also denied by Lossl and was then left red-faced when his spot-kick was parried by the Denmark goalkeeper after he had argued down his team-mates for the chance to try his luck from 12 yards, having forced Chris Lowe into a handball to earn the penalty.Claudio Ranieri’s side came under some pressure in the closing minutes and they made the most of Huddersfield’s bold finish to snatch a win.On the break, Ryan Sessegnon cut in from the right and slid the ball to Mitrovic, who drilled beneath Lossl to send Craven Cottage into raptures.7 – Huddersfield Town are the first team to lose seven Premier League games in a single calendar month since Leicester City in April 2001 (also seven). Despair.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Fulham given huge boost in survival raceMitrovic’s strike could go a long way towards helping Fulham stay in the Premier League and sending Huddersfield back to the Championship.Only four points separate them in the table, but the manner in which the goal came, so late in the game, will give a real confidence boost to Ranieri’s side and leave Wagner’s men hugely dispirited. Fulham are now just a point behind Southampton, who face the daunting task of hosting champions Manchester City on Sunday.Lossl an unlucky loserHaving had little to do in the first half, Lossl was hugely unfortunate to end up on the losing team, having made excellent saves against Mitrovic and Kamara in particular.Sorry Seri a spectatorThe first half seemed to pass Jean Michael Seri by, apart from when he was booked for a poor challenge on Florent Hadergjonaj. He did not emerge for the second, with Kamara his replacement.Key Opta Facts- Fulham recorded their second victory in eight Premier League games under Ranieri (D3 L3), with both wins coming at Craven Cottage.- Huddersfield have failed to score in 20 Premier League matches during 2018 – more than any other side.- During 2018, Mitrovic scored 20 league goals for Fulham – seven more than any other Cottagers player.- Since the start of last season, only Lukasz Fabianski (4) has saved more Premier League penalties than Huddersfield goalkeeper Lossl (3).- Huddersfield striker Mounie had two shots in this game without success, taking his tally to 32 without scoring in the Premier League this season – the most of any player.- None of Fulham’s last 158 home league matches have ended goalless.What’s next?Fulham head across London to face Arsenal on Tuesday, the day before Huddersfield host Burnley. read morelast_img read more