Kohli keeps alive Indian hopes of gatecrashing England´s 1000th test

Sherman Parsons
August 3, 2018

Playing a skippers' knock, Kohli now stands between victory and defeat for India.

That left India with a potentially awkward chase.

Left-hander Broad could only edge an away moving ball from Ishant as it landed at the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.

It feels as though Anderson holds the key and it has been impossible to take your eyes off the battle between England's highest-ever wicket-taker and the India captain throughout this match.

Virat Kohli's masterclass century defied England and dragged India back into the contest on a gripping second day of the first Specsavers Test at Edgbaston.

When the stumps were drawn, India were reeling at 110/5, requiring another 84 runs to win the game with Virat Kohli (43*) and Dinesh Karthik (18)* still at the crease.

Day three of the first Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Edgbaston, Birmingham between India and England had nearly everything and was easily one of the most entertaining days.

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Malan and Root added 31 runs for the fourth wicket, and pushed England past 50 in the 17th over.

The 20-year-old No 8 Curran's impressive batting effort came just a day after the Surrey left-arm swing bowler had taken Test-best figures of four for 74.

"I had goosebumps listening to the Barmy Army chants and that first hour tomorrow (Saturday) is going to be crucial", Curran said.

Earlier, India dismissed England for 180 in their second innings, with fast bowler Ishant Sharma taking 5 wickets for 51 in 13 overs.

England pace battery, led by Stuart Broad, gobbled up half the Indian batting line up under favourable overcast conditions as the visiting batsmen were either reckless with their shot selection or got too good deliveries to counter.

England resumed on nine for one after Ashwin had bowled Alastair Cook for a duck on Thursday and it was not long on Friday before the spinner had Keaton Jennings, the hosts' other left-handed opener, taken at second slip. Sensing closure of the innings, Curran attacked the bowling, hitting sixes off both Sharma and Ashwin, as he reached his maiden Test half-century at a run-a-ball gallop.

Ashwin struck again when England captain Joe Root was well caught low down at leg-slip by Rahul off a genuine glance.

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