Brilliant Kohli century leaves First Test finely poised

Mae Harvey
August 3, 2018

England now leads by 23 runs in the second innings with nine wickets in hand.

It was the second time in the match that Ashwin had dismissed Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, in such a manner.

India's last two wickets added 92 runs before Kohli was finally last man out after he misjudged leg spinner Adil Rashid's delivery and was caught by Stuart Broad at point.

Kohli, on the other hand, played a very watchful knock as he looked determined to go big in England.

In fact, his total beat the combined scores in his 10 previous innings in England from India's tour in 2014.

England wasted a decent start as India bounced back in the third session and restricted the hosts to 285/9 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test match here on Wednesday.

Curran (four for 74) took three wickets in eight balls at one stage, but Kohli's crucially was not among them as the India captain instead hit 149 to drag India right back into contention in the first Specsavers Test at Edgbaston.

This is the 9th time in 13 innings when R Ashwin has dismissed Alastair Cook.

Kohli looked a bit shaky to begin with and was dropped by Dawid Malan off James Anderson on 21 as well but once he had his eye in, he was an immovable force. Kohli thought, "You're going to boo me?"

Kohli's superb shepherding of the tail took some of the gloss off what was an otherwise impressive performance from the England attack, particularly during a thrilling afternoon session.

Two more Indian batsmen departed, with Ben Stokes taking the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (15) and Dinesh Karthik (0) in consecutive overs, but Kohli just about survived.

Earlier, the cricketers were asked by BCCI to stay away from their wives or girlfriends during the Test series and that all WAGS had to return home.

Anderson then had Kohli dropped with the score stuck on 100, Malan in the slips the guilty party.

Kohli was one of two players, along with David Warner, to record twin centuries in that Adelaide Test.

Stokes, introduced after lunch, showed why he is such an important part of this England side with an aggressive spell.

During the lunch interval the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that Jos Buttler had gone to hospital to have an x-ray on his left middle finger.

"We still bowled them out below our total so that's a huge positive".

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