Mohammed Siraj persisted and pleaded to skipper Virat Kohli for probably the millionth time in his Test career on the second afternoon of the Leeds Test but this time, he was vindicated as Ultra Edge confirmed that there was a spike as the ball left Dawid Malan’s bat.
It all happened on what was the last ball of the 2nd session when Mohammed Siraj bowled an innocuous leg-side delivery to Dawid Malan. Siraj, however, was the only one who believed that Dawid Malan had edged it as Rishabh Pant didn’t even appeal for the same.
Pant, in fact, clearly told skipper Virat Kohli that there was no bat involved but Mohammed Siraj persisted and persevered to eventually persuade the India captain to go upstairs against the on-field call. Siraj was finally vindicated as Ultra-Edge confirmed that Dawid Malan had indeed got a faint feather on the ball.
India vs England- Watch- Mohammed Siraj finally gets DRS call right
Mohammed Siraj’s dismissal of Dawid Malan [70 off 128 balls] in the closing stages of the afternoon session came against the run-of-play really as the latter and England skipper Joe Root looked impenetrable at the crease.
The duo sent the beleaguered Indian bowlers for a leather chase on what has turned out to be a flat track at Headingley with seamers getting minimal movement in the air or off the surface.
That said, credit must be given to Malan and especially, Joe Root, who once again looked like he was batting on a different planet. Runs came thick and fast for England in the afternoon session as Root, en-route to yet another 50-plus score, and Dawid Malan, who scored his maiden Test 50n on home soil, kept scoring boundaries at regular intervals.
While India have got rid of Malan thanks to Mohammed Siraj’s persistence in taking the review, they are already 224 runs behind with Joe Root approaching his 6th Test ton of the calendar year.