The first Test in Rajkot turned out to be a good fortune for the visitors England whereas the hosts India suffered appalling bowling howlers on Day 1. When England lost three wickets for 102 runs, the fans got a clarity that India were back on the job hunt.
England got their rhythm back when Joe Root and Moeen Ali played sensible cricket and took the game away with relative ease. The light and right-hand combination laid 179 runs for the fourth-wicket stand before Umesh Yadav gave India a much-needed breakthrough in the 80th over by dismissing the well-set Joe Root caught and bowled on 124 runs.
Well, Umesh Yadav was confident about his catch and so were his teammates but his celebration made a mess of it which indeed took the players, umpires by surprise. The speedster bowled a fuller delivery and generated swing which forced Joe Root to play straight down and Yadav being at the other end, took the catch quite confidently and tossed the ball off his left hand in the air and set his sights to take a catch at the other hand where he ended up leaving the ball in front of his eyes which created a buzz in the stadium.
The on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena gave a soft signal to the third umpire was out, given the catch was taken cleanly and it was the celebration that left everyone scratching their heads. However, the Television replay showed that Umesh Yadav had the ball well in his safe pair of hands which looked a bit clear as the third umpire Rod Tucker took no time to give that one as ‘out’.
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