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Bail-flip expert Stuart Broad reacts: King Kohli uses his trick to dismiss De Zorzi in IND vs SA

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On the second day of the initial South Africa vs India Test in the two-match series at SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa concluded with an 11-run advantage over India. Dean Elgar played a pivotal role with the bat, achieving his 14th Test century (140* off 211), guiding his team to a total of 256/5 by the end of Day 2. Earlier in the day, KL Rahul, who had resumed his innings at 70*, secured his 8th Test century (101 off 137), contributing to India’s first innings total of 245. In addition to these notable performances, the day featured a noteworthy incident when Virat Kohli adopted a tactic from former England fast bowler Stuart Broad. Kohli flipped the bails at the striker’s end before the 29th over of South Africa’s innings, resulting in the dismissal of Tony de Zorzi as he prepared to face Jasprit Bumrah.

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To the astonishment of all, Zorzi was ultimately dismissed on the final delivery of the over, having edged the ball directly to the third slip. This breakthrough ended the 93-run partnership for India. Subsequently, in the following over, Bumrah removed Keegan Petersen when the South African batsman inadvertently chopped the ball onto his stumps. Broad, reacting to Kohli’s tactics, inquired whether the ploy had indeed resulted in a wicket for India.

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Significantly, Broad employed the superstitious bail-flip maneuver during the fifth Test of the 2023 Ashes at Kennington Oval, London, contributing to England securing crucial wickets on two occasions. Initially, he executed the tactic on Day 2 by flipping the bail at the striker’s end just before the fifth delivery of the 43rd over in Australia’s first innings. Immediately following this, Mark Wood capitalized on the situation, inducing an outside edge from Labuschagne’s bat, resulting in a catch for Joe Root at slips. On Day 5, as England sought the final two wickets for victory with Australia needing 55 runs, Broad, possibly in his last Test over had he not taken a wicket, resorted to the bail-flipping ritual once again. This time, it proved successful as he found the edge of Todd Murphy’s bat, securing his first wicket of the second innings.

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