Kohli's "mic drop" gesture adds to the spectacle, says Root

Sherman Parsons
August 2, 2018

But India struck further post-lunch blows with Keaton Jennings' resistance ending on 42, the opener unluckily seeing a ball from Mohammed Shami rolling back on to his stump. And after being bowled out for just 287 - having been 216-3 after winning the toss - they needed it.

England made a solid start on day one of the first test against India as they reached 83 for one at lunch on Wednesday. Kohli has taken that prediction and run with it.

The Indian skipper ran out Root (80) with a direct hit when the home player was attempting to pull off a risky second single in the 63rd over. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya tried to stave off the English attack, but apart from that, there wasn't any semblance of support for Kohli from the other end.

England moved into a strong position on an enthralling day of Test cricket at Edgbaston despite a century from India skipper Virat Kohli.

Showing how much the England paceman was in charge that series, Anderson only took on average 12.5 balls to dismiss Kohli, getting him edging each time - once caught behind, once at second slip and twice by Alastair Cook at first slip.

England along with Australia are the pioneers of Test cricket as both countries began playing in this format of the game from 1877. Ashwin then accounted for Stuart Broad (1), lbw too, but Anderson somehow managed to thwart his efforts for a five-wicket haul.

Making the most of the two dropped catches by England at 21 and 51, Kohli let out a huge roar in celebration after belting the ball off Ben Stokes for a boundary to bring up his century.

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Booed by the crowd when he came out to bat, Kohli left to applause from the England fielders and fans alike.

Things could have been worse as three balls later, Kohli (on 0*) edged Anderson to Jos Buttler at gully with the fielder failing to latch onto a tough chance despite putting in a fine dive.

Curran, in only his second Test, bowled intelligently to disrupt India's top order and expose their weaknesses in these conditions.

After colliding like raging balls in the limited overs format, heavyweights England and India have now shifted to the grueling Test format, which is set to decide the better team in the tour.

He claimed three wickets in eight balls as he found some movement.

Vijay was the first to fall for 20 as Curran swung the ball back into his pad and won a leg before review.

James Anderson was England's most economical bowler with 41 runs off 22 overs while Curran bagged four wickets.

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