Centurion Kohli leads India recovery before England lose Cook

03 August, 2018, 18:00 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Mohammed Shami's performance and fitness will be key for India in this series

Virat Kohli withstood England's bowlers to score a fine 149 and keep India in the game on an enthralling second day in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Three catches were dropped in a frantic and exciting afternoon session, two of which would have seen the back of Kohli.

Kohli ended doubts over his ability to score runs in England by leading a great fightback by the tourists on day two of the first Test at Edgbaston.

In an interview with the Times of India, the former all-rounder, 74, praised Kohli, labelling him a much more hard player to stop (for Pakistan) than Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

Then new England vice-captain Jos Buttler was lbw for a second-ball duck, pushing forward to Ashwin - and after Ben Stokes poked a catch back at the off-spinner, it was left to Curran and Adil Rashid to limit the damage.

Indian openers had given India a decent start as they added 50 runs for the opening wicket - the first fifty-plus opening stand for India in England after 18 innings.

Remarkably, Kohli added 92 runs with India's tail order, each of which combined for a total of eight runs.

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The India captain was running out of partners, however, as his team chased down England's first-innings total of 287.

Kohli celebrated the dismissal with a "mic drop" gesture, pretending to drop an imaginary microphone, just as Root had done a month earlier when he clinched the one-day global series with a second successive hundred. They needed some inspiration to get out of the rut and Virat Kohli stepped up to the task.

Just as the partnership was starting to look ominous, left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran dismissed Pandya with a brilliant yorker.

India have always been criticised for their poor close catching but England, with the tourists still on 100 for five, dropped two slip chances of their own, with Malan reprieving Kohli off Anderson. Broad gets an outside edge and the ball flies to Dhawan.

Kohli had scored two hundreds in the game at Adelaide in December 2014 but lack of support led to India losing the game by 48 runs.

Curran is an exceptionally promising all-rounder but he was certainly not guaranteed a place in the XI and may not have featured if England had more faith in the fitness of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.

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