Joe Root goes early for England at Edgbaston

Tyler Owen
August 3, 2018

Kohli scored 115 in the first innings as India posted 444 in response to Australia's 517 and in the second innings, the visitors were given a target of 364 in 98 overs.

Thanks to Kohli, India were eventually dismissed for 274 - for a first-innings deficit of 13 runs - having been 3-59, 5-100 and 7-169 at various stages.

With four overs to face, England could not leave the field without any damage as captain Alastair Cook (0) was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin on a ball that was nearly an action replay of the first innings.

On a day when Virat Kohli confirmed his class and Sam Curran his colossal potential, Ben Stokes' best Test spell since September should not be diminished by comparison.

Thereafter, Pandya played the flawless second fiddle, raising 48 runs for the sixth wicket with his skipper, who took full advantage of the life he got on 21 when Dawid Malan dropped him at second slip of James Anderson. At the end of the day, India were unable to complete the chase but Virat Kohli's 141 was a clear indication of his brand of cricket. As if to add insult to injury the very next ball Stokes drew an edge from Hardik Panda and Alastair Cook put the ball down at first slip.

"Personally, it was obviously a pretty special day for me with the ball", said Curran. They needed some inspiration to get out of the rut and Virat Kohli stepped up to the task. "Credit to great innings there".

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'I'm only in my second game, but I think it was a little eye-opener for me, watching the way he bats and how precise you've got to be with your lengths.

Adil Rashid was introduced in to the attack just before lunch after his controversial return to Test cricket, the spinner starting with a nervous full toss and his one over costing five runs.

After scoring just 134 runs in the Test series back in 2014, the India captain surpassed that tally in one innings today with 149.

Joe Root, the England captain, made 80 before his run out sparked a collapse that saw the hosts lose three wickets for eight runs in 25 balls in what is their 1,000th Test match.

He batted for almost five hours and faced 225 balls, including 22 fours and a six.

"Coming on and taking a few early wickets, I can't really remember it, it was so unreal".

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