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Virat Kohli's mistake costs Pujara his wicket minutes before rain stoppage

India Today logo India Today 10-08-2018 Rohan Sen
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Cheteshwar Pujara would consider himself extremely unlucky as he returned to the dressing room run out once again in the ongoing second Test between India and England at Lord's on Thursday.

Pujara was run out after a horrible mix up with Virat Kohli, who was at the non-striker's end. The India captain had committed at the non-strikers end and was almost half-way down the pitch before he bailed out, leaving Pujara well short of the crease.

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And seconds later, heavy showers forced the players off the field. It was the second time rain stopped play with India struggling at 15 for 3 in 8.3 overs after being put into bat by England.

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The match had resumed after an early lunch was taken due to the rain interruption with James Anderson bowling the 9th over. Three balls into the over disaster struck for India.

8.3 overs: Anderson to Pujara, RUN OUT! England got what they wanted and Cheteshwar Pujara is dismissed. A huge mix-up has left him stranded in no man's land. Unbelievable. Pujara taps this length ball down in front of point. He looks at his captain and then takes off. Suddenly in between, Virat Kohli decides to bail out seeing the debutant Ollie Pope rush to the ball. Kohli gets back inside the crease, leaving Che hanging and Pope has all the time in the world to take the bails off. Ravi Shastri is seen with an unimpressed look on his face. Terrible stuff!

Unfortunately for India, the umpires had asked the players to walk off two balls earlier. Kohli and Pujara were almost inside before they were called out back again.

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Anderson, who picked up the wickets of Murali Vijay (0) and KL Rahul (8) this morning, was waiting at the top of his run-up and was in no mood to leave the field. If only, the players had not returned to the pitch for two balls - Pujara would still be not out alongside Kohli.

Pujara, who is making a comeback in the team after being dropped in the first Test at Edgbaston, was run out for the third time this year.

Earlier this year, Pujara became the first Indian batsman to be run out twice in the same match in the second Test against South Africa in Centurion. It was also the first instance in 18 years that a batsman was run-out twice in the same game.

The right-handed Saurashtra batsman has now been part of seven run outs for India in Test cricket.

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