Virat Kohli stunned by never-before-seen moment of 'magic'

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Virat Kohli looks shocked after being clean bowled by Moeen Ali.
Virat Kohli was left stunned after being bowled by Moeen Ali for a duck. Pic: Fox Sports

The cricket world has been left in a spin after England's Moeen Ali claimed a special piece of history, with a truly extraordinary ball to remove India's Virat Kohli.

England spinner Moeen marked his return to Test cricket by cleaning up India's skipper for a duck, during a stunning statement on day one of the second Test in Chennai.

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Moeen was recalled in place of Dom Bess for a first appearance in 18 months and it didn't take the off-spinner long to make his impression felt.

In a moment of magic on the opening morning, Moeen deceived Kohli with a wicked combination of flight, drift and spin to leave the Indian captain gobsmacked.

Kohli was beaten all ends up as he tried to come forward and play the ball through the covers - a shot that he is usually so adept at.

However, the 32-year-old failed to get any bat on a ball that pitched outside off stump, before turning sharply back and clattering into the bails.

Kohli took several moments to accept that he'd been bowled, with his look of complete shock highlighting how good the ball was from Moeen.

Incredibly, the England man's wicket saw him become the first spinner in Test history to remove Kohli for a duck.

The amazing moment sent fans into a frenzy on social media.

Sharma starts strongly for the hosts

India, who won the toss on a turning pitch, reached lunch on 3/106, almost entirely due to Rohit Sharma's sparkling 80 not out.

England had started by preferring Olly Stone to Warwickshire team-mate Chris Woakes, the last of four changes to their winning side from the first Test.

Like Moeen, Stone last appeared in the summer of 2019 on debut, but he announced his return in style.

His third ball of the day angled in at the stumps and crashed into Shubman Gill’s front pad as he shouldered arms in elaborate fashion.

The lbw decision was an easy one and provided the highlight of a fine four-over spell of fast bowling.

For the next 90 minutes or so, Rohit set about squashing England’s enthusiasm, peppering the boundary ropes with drives, cuts and sweeps off the spinners.

When Ben Stokes came on, he even leaned back and hauled him for six over mid-wicket.

He raced to 50 in just 47 balls, his fastest half-century in Tests, from a total of just 60.

Rohit was mastering objectively tough conditions as he continued to go at better than a run-a-ball but Jack Leach opened up the other end when he had Pujara reaching outside off, feeding Stokes an edge at slip.

Moeen Ali is seen here appearing in a Test cricket match for England.
Moeen Ali marked his return to the England Test side in style. Pic: Getty

That brought Kohli to the middle, where he remained for just five deliveries as Moeen conjured something special.

After conceding 22 from his first four overs he produced a magic ball floating away before turning hard through the gate as Kohli tried an expansive drive.

Moeen exploded in delight but Kohli stood his ground for a few moments, unable or unwilling to believe he had been so emphatically beaten.

Rohit’s runs continued to keep India moving before the break on a pitch that only looks likely to deteriorate.

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