Former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer analyzed the reasons behind Virat Kohli’s dismissal during the India-Pakistan match in Pallekele. The highly anticipated clash between the two arch-rivals ended in a washout during the second innings, with no decisive outcome.

India won the toss and chose to bat first, posting a total of 266 runs in 48.5 overs. However, India’s innings got off to a shaky start as both Rohit Sharma (11) and Virat Kohli (4) fell victim to Shaheen Afridi.

Kohli’s dismissal came as he tried to guide a short-of-a-length delivery outside off without adjusting his footwork, resulting in an unfortunate inside edge onto his stumps. Sharing his insights on Kohli’s dismissal, Jaffer expressed his belief that Kohli could have approached the delivery differently.

“He attempted to steer the ball towards third man, but the ball didn’t come onto the bat as expected, resulting in an inside edge. If he had played the delivery with a straighter bat, he might have avoided getting out,” Jaffer explained.

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Jaffer further clarified that using an angled bat becomes risky when the ball is swinging and seaming.

“It’s easier to score runs towards third man when the ball is coming onto the bat cleanly. However, when the ball is moving around, there’s a risk of it deflecting back and hitting the stumps. Virat Kohli’s execution was not up to the mark,” he added.

After Kohli’s dismissal, India also lost Shreyas Iyer for 14 runs and Shubman Gill for 10. However, an impressive partnership of 138 runs for the fifth wicket between Ishan Kishan (82 off 81) and Hardik Pandya (87 off 90) allowed India to reach a competitive total of 266.