Virat Kohli frustrates England with Edgbaston hundred

by Steven Clarke August 3, 2018, 4:07
Virat Kohli frustrates England with Edgbaston hundred

India might have not taken the lead, but they have the upper hand in the Test.

The best batsmen, and captains, score a century in their first innings of a Test series.

England would have been all out had a tough caught-behind chance been held when Sam Curran (24 not out) edged Mohammad Shami's penultimate ball of day one.

India were coasting along at 50-0 when he took England's first wicket and it cued the day's drama that was to follow.

The rest of the session was a case of damage limitations for the tourists with India heading back to the pavilion on 63 for three - captain Virat Kohli on nine not out and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on eight.

Ravichandran Ashwin shone for India, taking four wickets for 60 runs from his 25 overs.

"Personally, it was obviously a pretty special day for me with the ball", said Curran.

India's powerful top-order will now be expected to pile on the runs when they bat.

Kohli, whose arrival at the wicket had been greeted by some boos from the Edgbaston crowd after his controversial celebration of Joe Root's run-out on Thursday, stopped the visitors' reply to England's 287 from falling into disarray.

For England, Keaton Jennings came to the media conference.

The opener pushed the ball down into his crease and then on to his foot before it trickled back on to the base of the stumps.

Dawid Malan had an lbw scare against Ashwin, up the pitch and just outside the line on impact, only to go the same way to Shami when the seamer pinned him from round the wicket.

The next session could well prove crucial, can England get deeper into the India batting lineup or can Kohli restore some calm? "It was a mixed-bag day".

Speaking after his Headingley innings, Root had admitted he "would not hear the end of it", adding that his own team-mates had been ribbing him incessantly for the gesture.

He was India's leading fast bowler in South Africa where he picked up 15 wickets and was one of the chief architects of India's win in the final Test in Wanderers. "We have to play with what we have got, believe in the team selection and work harder, without thinking of what you are missing".

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