Alastair Cook has been in good form at The Oval but has had luck on his side © Getty Images
Alastair Cook has been in good form at The Oval but has had luck on his side © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 16, 2014

India’s woes with slip-catching continued as Murali Vijay dropped an easy catch of Alastair Cook off the bowling of Alastair Cook. And then Ajinkya Rahane dropped Gary Ballance off Ravichandran Ashwin. It is yet another shocking instance where India have let go a chance and it isn’t the worst time their weakness in the slip area has come to the fore.

After a lot of hard work, Aaron finally got the edge and Vijay spilled it at first slip. Cook looks set and would well capitalise on this chance. Earlier in the series, Cook was dropped by Jadeja at third slip at Southampton and Cook went on to get 95. In hindsight that changed the series for India and England bounced back with the captain leading the way.

As things stand, England have taken the lead at The Oval and are comfortably placed at 174 for one with India being bowled out for 148 on Day One.

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