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[Watch] Sam Billings Takes Brilliant Diving Catch To End Innings Of Shreyas Iyer

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Sam Billings takes a superb catch (Credit: Getty Images)

India and England are facing each other in the fifth Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham. It is the last Test match of the five-match series. The Indian team are currently leading by a 2-1 margin. If the Indian team manages to win or draw this Test , India would win their first Test series in England since 2007.

England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and decided to field first in overcast conditions.In the 28th over of the game, Shreyas Iyer was dismissed on a short ball by James Anderson. Sam Billings took a brilliant catch to end the innings of Iyer. The catch of Billings has caught the attention of several cricket fans.

Iyer started his innings brilliantly by smashing three boundaries on the full balls. But England soon reverted back to the plan of short ball bowling to Shreyas. Anderson bowled a ball seaming into the body of Iyer. Shreyas was off his toes and got an edge down the leg side.

Wicketkeeper Sam Billings made a big dive on his left side to collect the ball safely in his gloves. All England teammates applauded for this brilliant effort by Billings. Shreyas Iyer too couldn’t believe that Billings took such an amazing catch. This was the third wicket for Anderson of the day.

James Anderson shatters top order of India

After being invited to bat first, Shubhman Gill played some beautiful shots but was dismissed on a score of 17 runs. Veteran pacer James Anderson gave the opening breakthrough to England. Cheteshwar Pujara too couldn’t score much and was dismissed on 13 runs by Anderson.

Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli tried to form a partnership but they failed to do so. Vihari was dismissed LBW by Mathew Potts on a score of 20 runs. Former Indian captain Virat was dismissed on 11 runs in an unlucky manner by Potts. However, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja stitched together a substantial partnership to bail out India. 

Pant, with all his adventurism and his flashiness, not just turned the tables, but at one point even looked like he’d crushed England under that table. Jadeja was more measured, playing the perfect second foil. The wicketkeeper-batter was eventually dismissed for 146 while Jadeja is still in the middle alongside Mohammed Shami with India in a strong position at 338/7 at the end of Day 1.


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