The much-awaited test series between India and got underway on August 1 of 2018. So far both teams have won one series each in the tour. India won the T-20 series with 2-1 margin while England took away the ODI series with the same margin.
The current test series is considered to be the litmus test for team India which is currently ranked no.1 in the test. Kohli and his men are on a mission to prove that they are the best and they can win in any condition. Series is also a test for captain Virat Kohli who had a poor run on the last tour.
India yet again squandered the early advantage created by their bowlers. They had the perfect opportunity to take lead in the series. They were given and target which was within a reach, they just had to score 194 and on day 4 they required only 84 with 5 wickets in hand. For the English team, the only hurdle was skipper Virat Kohli who scored brilliant 149 in the first inning, Bes Stokes delivered what the doctor ordered as he trapped Kohli in front of the wicket, then a long tail of India collapsed with a little resistance from Hardik Pandya.
Though it was Ben Stokes picked 4 wickets to hand England dramatic win, it was Sam Curran was judged the man of the match for his match-changing inning and important contribution with the ball.
England 287 & 180 India 274 & 162
Result England won by 31 runs and now lead five match series with 1-0.
Man of the match: Sam Curran
The first test match is heading towards an interesting end. If there is no rain then we will have confirmed result on Saturday. India dominated the proceedings in Day 3 early as they sent English batsmen packing with only 180 runs. Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he took 5/51 for England you all-rounder Sam Curran made 63 of 65 balls which helped England to reach a fighting total of 180.
England in bowling lead by Stuart Broad quickly removed 5 Indian wickets. The good news for India skipper Kohli is still on the crease batting at 43 of 76, India still needs 84 runs to win this first test. For England Stuart, Broad took 2 wickets.
England 287 & 180 India 274 & 110/5
Day two of Edgbaston test remained in balance, India started the day by quickly finishing off the English inning. England team could add only 2 runs to their overnight total and finished with mere 287. It looked like the advantage is with Indian team as they started their inning cautiously, both Dhawan & Vijay negated the early attack of Brod and Anderson. But the problem was caused by medium pacer Sam Curran who took 3 early wickets, as he sent Vijay, Rahul & Dhawan back in the pavilion in his early spell. He ended the day with a figure of 4/74, Anderson, Stokes and Rashid took 2 wickets each.
It was the master class of Virat Kohli that saw India reaching a total of 274 on day 1. Kohli scored his maiden test hundred in England though he did get dropped couple of occasions the way he batted with the tail was exceptional. India lost their all recognized batsmen at 148 and when Pandya got out then their last hope Ravi Ashwin departed at 169. Thereafter not only Kohli made his maiden hundred but also took India near to the English total denying them any big lead. Kohli made 149. India was able to pick Aliaster cook in the second inning of England and it was repaly of the first inning as Ravi Ashwin picked him with the exact same delivery.
India dominated the day 1 of the test match as they restricted England to 285-9 at stumps on day 1. England won the toss and decided to bat first on the pitch which looked pretty dry. Skipper Kohli must be regretting his decision to play only one spinner as the pitch already started assisting spinners right from the day 1. Indian premier spinner in test cricket Ravi Ashwin took 4 wickets on day 1.
Things aren’t very easy for Indian bowlers for first two sessions as England carried on to a cautious start and build up their inning around it. It was in the third session that’s when they lost most of their wickets. The very first wicket of the day went to Ravi Ashwin who bamboozled Alister Cook with his guile. For England Joe root continued his good form and made 80 runs before skipper Kohli broke the partnership between him and Bairstow with a brilliant throw. Bairstow made a contribution of 70 runs, his partnership with Joe Root was the only highlight of England. If Dinesh Kartik could have latched on to the catch of Shami’s delivery, England could have been bundled out.
Joe Root 80, Bairstow 70
Still Batting: James Anderson 0, Sam Curran 24
Ravi Ashwin 4/60
M Shami 2/64
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