India chase rocked as openers fall to Broad

Jo Caldwell
August 3, 2018

After a fine start, Curran had struck thrice in eight balls to reduce India to 59-3.

Ravichandran Ashwin then removed Alastair Cook for the second time in the match with an absolute peach, nearly identical to the one he bowled to dismiss the veteran English opener in the first innings. "He's got 15 more in this innings than he got throughout the whole tour last time he was here in 2014", he said on BBC's Test Match Special.

This time, however, feels different.

It was not an easy start for Kohli.

Virat Kohli's fighting ton on Day 2 of the first Test between India and England gave the visitors the edge at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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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.

Struggling at 148/6, Ashwin joined Kohli in the middle and the right-handed duo took India safely to tea.

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

"Great players love the stage and he went out there today, the crowd booed him", Vaughan said. Kohli thought, "You're going to boo me?"

Kohli said his main aim here was to take the total as close to England's 287 as possible. "I hope he wins this Test series against England", Mushtaq said.

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The wickets were ultimately shared around - something that will please England, who have often been reliant on Anderson and Broad.

Curran, in only his second Test, bowled intelligently to disrupt India's top order and expose their weaknesses in these conditions. Consequently, he hesitantly poked at balls that were missing the wickets and then fenced Stokes' quickest delivery to third slip in a panic.

Dawid Malan (20) and Jonny Bairstow (28) briefly countered, though the former was fortunate not to be given out for 17 when edging Sharma to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip - given not out despite it looking like a clean catch.

Stokes, introduced after lunch, showed why he is such an important part of this England side with an aggressive spell. Hardik Pandya batted really well and Ishant and Umesh too applied themselves at the end.

Curran told TMS: "The day had pretty much everything - wickets, runs, good periods, frustrating periods". But in hindsight we would not have been able to bowl at them.

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