Ton-up Kohli leads India recovery before England lose Cook

On a high Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls

On a high Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls

Virat Kohli's masterful century and the late removal of Alastair Cook via another peach of a ball from Ravi Ashwin mean this compelling first Test between England and India goes into its third day pregnant with possibilities.

England were 285 for nine after winning the toss at stumps on the first day of the first Test against India at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

It did not take long as Sam Curran fished on one outside the off stump from Mohammed Shami in the very second over of the day.

But Kohli's superb 149 took the tourists to 274 all out, just 13 runs adrift of England´s 287.

England, though, know they should already be out of sight in a game that has ebbed and flowed several times in the first two days.

"That's what Test cricket is about, you play against the best players". Anderson, Broad, and Curran swung the ball on either side of the wicket, but Kohli marched valiantly to 149 by scoring 22 boundaries and one maximum.

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

It was tough in the middle on Day 2 with the ball moving around but Kohli overcame the challenge to register his first 40-plus score in England. R Ashwin was introduced in the attack by Virat Kohli in the second over of the game just to remove Cook from the attack and he did his job by doing so.

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The India captain was running out of partners, however, as his team chased down England's first-innings total of 287.

Virat Kohli is a born victor and everything he does, oozes out the winning mentality and "never-give-up" attitude in him.

Finally, he was the last man out trying to cut Adil Rashid and got a standing ovation from the crowd.

Once Hardik Pandya was dismissed on a beautifully swinging delivery from Sam Curran, it looked as if the Indian innings was nearing its end. Two overs later, Dinesh Karthik failed to fend off a full inswinger and was bowled for a four-ball duck as India were reduced to 100-5. Curran removed three batsmen in eight balls in the morning session - Murali Vijay (22), Lokesh Rahul (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (26).

Vijay was solid as usual, leaving the ball well, while Dhawan looked to play down the ground.

But the introduction of Curran turned the tide in England's favour.

A loud, eager cheer echoed around Edgbaston as James Anderson ran in to bowl to Virat Kohli for the first time on Thursday.

The opening batsman, Keaton Jennings along with the skipper, Joe Root added a partnership of 72 for the second wicket. It was a surface that actually did a bit all day, There was seam movement at the back end of the day, and that fills our bowlers with confidence.

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