England are on top in the first Test against India in Chennai having picked six wickets in the first innings while defending 578. India are still 321 runs away and will have to bat extremely well to even avoid the follow-on. The wrecker-in-chief for them was Dom Bess, the off-spinners, who picked four wickets including that of India skipper Virat Kohli.
Kohli could only score 11 off 48 deliveries before he was caught at short leg off Bess to leave India struggling. It was a delightful moment for Dom Bess who is playing his first ever Test in India. Speaking about the same, Bess recalled that he was just trying to build the pressure on the batsmen and was glad that Ollie Pope managed to take a good catch.
“I was just trying to bowl at a spot, trying to build pressure for a long time, and II guess it just happened. It wasn’t like I was trying to bowl that magic ball. It was really just about hitting that box. I saw the replay and it seemed to [drift] a little more and got him playing at a wider line, and I’m glad Popey took a great catch at short leg,” Bess told Star Sports.
Dom Bess also praised Rishabh Pant who counterattacked sensationally scoring 91 off just 88 balls to bring India back in the game. “[Bowling to Pant] He’s a phenomenal talent. We saw him in the Australia Tests and that ability. At four down, he’s charging at Leachy and going hard. Very bold innings,” Bess added.
The off-spinners ended the day with the figures of 4/55 in 22 overs and has a good chance of claiming a five-wicket haul on the fourth day.