England 180-All Out, India Need 194 Runs to Win Ed

Dean Simpson
August 3, 2018

Here's how they got on against the upbeat Indians.

Skipper Joe Root had top scored with a fluent 80 but his run out from a brilliant throw by Kohli led to their demise.

In his previous ten Test innings in England, Kohli had made just 134 runs at an average of less than 14. That still left the tourists 70 runs behind.

But Kohli hit back, taking advantage of being dropped twice in the slips with a magnificent 149 before being last man out - to the controversially recalled Adil Rashid - having taken India to within 13 runs of England.

Whilst, Virat Kohli dedicated his marvelous inning and his 22nd Test century to Anushka Sharma which melted hearts all over social media.

Chasing England's first inning total of 287, India lost 3 early wickets and at one time, they were reeling at 59/3. But the very fact that Kohli plays all three formats so well makes him a more hard player to stop [for any captain]. The first should have been taken, the second could have been.

Resuming the final session from 163/3, England batters failed to utilize the batting-friendly conditions at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground and went back back one after the other. That left Kohli and Co. on 100 for four.

Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score 4 double hundreds in 4 consecutive series. It was the all-rounder's 100th Test wicket and evidence, if any were needed, of just what an exciting talent he is.

Cook's opening partner Keaton Jennings had been dropped on nine off Ishant Sharma at fourth slip, by Ajinkya Rahane diving in front of his captain Virat Kohli at third.

"He showed terrific discipline, I felt", added Bangar, a former India batsman. They scored 5 and 1* respectively but played a huge part in building a partnership with Kohli.

MORNING SESSION: England were only able to add two more runs to their overnight score.

"It was one of those things in the heat of the moment", he said. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan looked at ease as they got to 50 without breaking much of a sweat. English new ball bowlers in Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and first change Sam Curran tried to pitch the ball as full as possible in order to extract some swing.

"It was not only about getting to the three-figure mark but to continue from there on".

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