Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

England vs. India: Virat Kohli class gets India back into the Test

England vs. India: Virat Kohli class gets India back into the Test

It proved costly as Kohli sailed into three figures with a series of effortless boundaries, building a one-sided partnership of 57 with Umesh Yadav (1 not out) until Adil Rashid collected his first wicket of a controversial Test return to halt the India captain and the innings.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the second day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

Chasing 194, India lost wickets at regular intervals and ended the day needing 84 runs to win with Virat Kohli (43*) and Dinesh Karthik (18*) still at the crease.

England collapsed to 87-7 in their second innings on Friday before Sam Curran's 63 helped them to 180.

That left India with a potentially awkward chase. "We will go to bed dreaming of getting Virat out", he said.

"If we can bowl well and take a couple up top, then (we'll) hopefully win".

India pace bowler Ishant Sharma took 5-51 - including three wickets in an over - to undermine England's second innings. The touring captain made the best use of the opportunity to score his first Test century (149) in the Old Blighty and steer India out of trouble.

Their chances largely lie with Kohli, who has scored 50% of their runs in this match and seems determined to put his dismal tour four years ago behind him. A quarter of an hour in, he had Keaton Jennings caught by K.L. Rahul at second slip.

The defining knock exorcised the ghosts of 2014 tour of England where Kohli could only muster 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of 13.4.

Ashwin took three for 59 to follow his first-innings four for 62.

But he fell for 20 when, squared up by Sharma's superb outswinger from around the wicket, he edged to Ajinkya Rahane in the gully.

Sharma then had Bairstow taken by at first slip and two balls later he dismissed Ben Stokes (six) via a fine low catch by Kohli at third slip off what became the last ball before lunch.

The tourists recovered from 100 for five, and then 182 for eight, to reach 274 all out and therefore concede a lead of only 13 runs to England, who then stumbled to nine for one after losing Alastair Cook to the last ball of day two.

"To get some wickets here, I felt like I was running in at The Oval for Surrey - I forgot about what I'm actually doing, and just stuck to what I'm good at".

Initially things were looking very good for India.

Curran, who bats left-handed as well as bowls, brought up his maiden Test fifty off a mere 54 balls in supreme style by lofting Sharma over extra-cover for six. There were quite a few fancy dressers in the crowd too and the one that caught the eye (and the cameras) was a man dressed as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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