'We'll go to bed dreaming of getting Kohli out,' says Anderson

Saturday, August 04, 2018

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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) — James Anderson said England could dismiss India Captain Virat Kohli and achieve a stunning win in the first Test at Edgbaston, as “no one is invincible in world cricket”.

Star batsman Kohli will begin today's fourth day on 43 not out in a total of 110 for five, with India needing a further 84 runs to reach their victory target of 194.

“We'll go to bed dreaming about getting Kohli out first thing,” said Anderson.

Kohli's magnificent 149 earlier in this match, his maiden Test century in England, meant India were only 13 runs behind on first innings when it looked as if they might be at least a hundred runs in arrears.

His century was also notable for the way he shepherded the tail.

Nevertheless, a bullish Anderson told reporters after yesterday's close: “No one is invincible in world cricket. We can get him (Kohli) out.

“If we recover well tonight and come back fresh in the morning, we know it's going to be 25-30 overs max one way or the other — so we can give it all we can.”

But Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, admitted: “If he (Kohli) bats like he did first innings … even batting with the tail, it was so hard to keep them on strike, have six balls at them.

“He just managed to find the gap, or get down the other end; the way he batted with the tail was brilliant.

“We need five wickets, simple as that, fairly quickly — otherwise, they'll get the runs.”

The Lancashire swing bowler added: “It's a really exciting place to be because, you know, we could do something special tomorrow by winning this.”

But the match position in the first of this five-Test series might have been so different had not Kohli been dropped in the slips by Dawid Malan on 21 and 51 en route to his hundred in the first innings.

“It's an area where we've struggled for two years now,” said Anderson — the unlucky bowler when Malan missed Kohli the first time — of England's poor close catching.

“You can't drop Virat Kohli on 21, because he's one of the best players in the world, and he'll capitalise on that — which he did. All we can do is work extremely hard at it and hope to improve.”

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