Kohli masterclass keeps Indian hopes alive

A fantastic century from Indian skipper Virat Kohli, his 22nd in the longest form of the game, kept India alive at the end of the second day of the first test at Edgbaston.

Kohli made 149, more than half of India’s eventual score of 274, with the next best contribution coming from opener Shikhar Dhawan, who made 26.

The Indian skipper rode his luck- he was dropped by Dawid Malan early in his innings, but produced a fantastic defensive rearguard to shepherd the visitors to safety after they had been reduced to 100/5 and 182/8 in their reply.

The day started on a fantastic note for India, with Mohammed Shami taking England’s last wicket early and the opening pair of Murali Vijay and Dhawan putting on 50 runs together. However a brilliant spell of bowling from young Sam Curran, who, as noticed by RV Cricket Adda, was in red hot form coming into this game, saw the visitors crumble to 59/3.

Ajinkya ahane and Kohli tried to steady things, but the former was caught by Keaton Jennings off the bowling of Ben Stokes, who also accounted for wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik.

It could’ve been much worse for India had England held on to the catches that came their way- they would’ve been 100 odd for 7 and staring at a large deficit. Instead Kohli soaked up the pressure and with the help of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, who held up their ends admirably, went past the 100 mark.

Virat Kohli

To make a good day even better, Ravichandran Ashwin again accounted for Alastair Cook, with the English captain dismissed almost the same way he had been in the first innings.

Kohli had made only 134 runs in five tests on India’s previous tour to England- he’s now made 149 runs in one inning alone, and the confidence he would’ve got from this innings augurs very well for the rest of India’s tour.

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