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England vs India - 1st Test

Series: India tour of England, 2018
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date: 01-05 August 2018

India 162/10 (54.2 Ovs) RR: 2.98 | England won by 31 runs

commentary

Boy, this has been a zero-gravity pendulum that's oscillated a zillion times before Ben Stokes turned up this morning, remembered he wouldn't be playing at Lord's and channeled out a spell that's bound to put most in the world to shame. But you remember what you went through, and get ready to have to go through this trauma another four times over. For now, on behalf of the entire team - Vineet Anantharaman, Srivathsa, Akshay Maanay, Pradeep Krishnamurthy and our scorer Sreenivas, it's ta ta!!

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Stats by as you already know the one and only Deepu Narayanan

Most consecutive Tests at a venue without a win for Asian teams:
17 Edgbaston (1962-present)
16 Lord's (1932-82)
16 Kensington Oval (1953-17)
14 MCG (1983 -17)
13 Sabina Park (1953-04)
13 Lord's (2001-14)
13 Gabba (1947-present)

Narrowest defeat for India by runs:
12 v Pak, Chennai, 1999
16 v Pak, Bengaluru, 1987
16 v Aus, Brisbane, 1977
31 v Eng, Edgbaston, 2018*

Scoring 50+ in each innings where no one else went past 49 (India):
D Vengsarkar 61 & 102* v Eng, Leeds, 1986
S Tendulkar 116 & 52 v Aus, MCG, 1999
S Tendulkar 76 & 65 v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2001
R Dravid 81 & 68 v WI, Kingston, 2006
MS Dhoni 77 & 74 v Eng, Edgbaston, 2011
V KOHLI 149 & 51 v Eng, Edgbaston, 2018

Lowest targets failed to chase down by India:
120 vs WI, Bridgetown, 1997
176 vs SL, Galle, 2015
194 vs Eng, Edgbaston, 2018*
208 vs SA, Cape Town, 2018

Highest % contribution by one batsman in a Test for India (all 20 wickets):
45.87 V Kohli (200/436) v Eng, Edgbaston, 2018
43.71 S Gavaskar (344/787) v WI, POS, 1971
42.34 VVS Laxman (174/411) v Aus, SCG, 2000
41.97 V Sehwag (251/598) v SL, Galle, 2008
41.76 V Mankad (256/613) v Eng, Lord's, 1952

Top scoring in both innings of a Test most times for India:
8 S Gavaskar / R Dravid
6 S Tendulkar / V Kohli

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Sam Curran | Man of the Match: I can't take it all at the moment. It is all very special and feels like a dream. Just couldn't get any sleep last night. Obviously when Jimmy took Karthik out first up it gave us a lot of confidence. Luckily for Stokesy, he got a perfect spell this morning and changed it for us. I just try to take it like another game, but it is quite hard with the Barmy Army chanting out there, but I look to take it all in and am trying to learn in only my second game. To be honest, I looked to learn from how Virat batted with the tail in the first innings. I spoke to Kumar (Sangakkara) the other day in the hotel and he told me a thing or two about batting with the tail and was lucky it all came off the middle in the end. This (Test cricket) is what I always wanted - playing Test cricket in front of these big crowds, with these guys I have grown up watching and I am looking to learn everything I can from guys like Jimmy, Broad, Stokes everyday. [He's the youngest England player to win a MoM, ever]

(2/2) It is a great start for us in the series, we know there is a lot of work to be done, but it gives us a lot of confidence. It shows that there is so much more than just skills, runs and wickets when it comes to Test cricket at this level. You need some inner belief and steeliness that we have a lot in our dressing room. It is a great time for us and hopefully we can use it going forward. Sam Curran has a great amount of skill; great having him in our side and very exciting and promising cricketer. He just didn't seem to feel any sort of pressure with the bat and we just love having him in our side, quite like having two Ben Stokes in the side. He is only in his second Test and it is easy to get carried away, but a great prospect for us. It is easy to make an emotional decision right now (for the next Test), but we need to sit outside with the team management and decide for Lord's depending on the surface.

Joe Root | English skipper: (1/2) I am thrilled to bits. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit more than anything. The easy thing to do is to criticize the batters, but it isn't easy taking 20 wickets on a pitch like this. Coming into today, it was going to be stiff challenge and we knew that if we stayed calm throughout, we would give ourselves the best chance to win. I felt quite calm, might not have appeared to be but it is something I need to work on. That is what the atmosphere is all about, this is why Test cricket is this special - it throws up so many things through the day and we did a good job in staying calm and kept believing in each other. We were really good in staying quite calm, trusting the stuff that worked for us previously and we made sure we didn't get ahead of ourselves. After three days of fantastic cricket from both sides, it gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game.

(2/2) From the team's point of view, my innings in the first innings is right up there, perhaps second after the knock in Adelaide; it is something I will fondly remember. Had we won it would have been the best. It always feels good when you can pull your side close to the first innings totals the oppositions have. One more partnership and we could have pulled this home. We need to think how to regroup and get back for the next match. Test cricket is my favourite format, there is nothing better than testing yourselves over five days against top quality oppositions and people watching it too should love watching it. I am sure every player playing Test cricket would vouch for it as well.

Virat Kohli | Indian skipper: (1/2) First of all, it was a great game of cricket for all those watching at home and here in the stadium. Glad to be a part of such an exciting Test match; there were a couple of moments when we came back. A team like England doesn't let you do it everyday, they were relentless and they made us work very hard for our runs. It sets up the series nicely and gives us what we need to do going forward. Our shot selection could have been better. We definitely need to apply ourselves better with the bat, but England came back superbly. We need to take the positives and move forward. We can be proud as a team to start against England in England the way we have. There is a lot to learn from the lower order in the first innings, Ishant and Umesh got stuck in the middle. Ishant showed character here, Umesh hung around with Hardik again. There is no hiding from this game; we need to be positive, relentless and whatever the feelings are would come out now in no time. We need to take the negatives out and build on the positives as we go on.

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Root and Kohli are chatting as they are ready to be called up to talk. This game will go down as one of the great Tests. Made great by several outstanding performances. What a way to play England's 1000th Test. Superb. And Edgbaston was a deserved venue. England preserve their proud record of not having lost against any Asian side. But boy was that record tested or what! Time now for Kohli. Here he is...

The man who broke India's chase by removing Kohli - Ben Stokes: It was great. Last night we were magnificent with the ball. I thought we were a bit behind after taking the lead, the way Sam Curran came out and played at such a young age, it was the turning point in this Test match. It was just great to be part of this game. He (Kohli) played a brilliant knock in the first innings, with the ball swinging he was moving across to play the outswinger, tried to swing it back into him. Moments like that change a game in these tight ones. Great start to this tough five match series. Being 1-0 up we are in the box seat at the moment. We weren't quite sure what to expect when we got here (today). We needed five wickets and we had the confidence, but these games thought us how to stick together as a team. Gives us heaps of confidence. We have a five Test match series and we have to take as much confidence as we can.

Looks like we are headed back to the 90s era when it was all about Tendulkar. The same seems to be repeating here, Kohli was the standout batsman in both innings, receiving little support from his partners. He looked a class apart but this Indian lineup looks heavily reliant on him. Not a good sign. Time for others to step up or else this series will go the same way as the others overseas. Today's defeat should rankle them, for 194 was definitely chaseable but instead history will record it as another chastening overseas Test defeat, to go with the many that they have suffered in the past. Do hang on for the presentations...

Talking about the 20-year old Curran, he brought his side back into the game when India were 50/0 with three quick wickets and yesterday his 63 eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides. Fully justified his selection over Porter and has shown that he is here to stay with his all-round skills. Will be a big favorite to win the Man of the Match award. A word about Stokes as well. He made the difference today and fittingly ended the game by picking up Hardik Pandya. Right now he's talking to Ian Ward and we will have that up for you soon. Also the presentations follow, so do stay tuned. Before that, have to talk about India's batting.

Two men stood out in this game - Virat Kohli and Sam Curran. The former batted out of his skin, shedding his natural game, to combating Anderson who went at him in the first innings. Twice dropped on 21 and 52 by Malan, at least thrice, edges fell short and numerous false shots later, he had seen off his nemesis from 2014 and went on to complete his first-ever hundred in England. Then he rattled along to 149 and his second innings 51 was an innings of full control, before he made one error and was gone. With him went India's hopes as well.

12:30 Local Time, 11:30 GMT, 17:00 IST: England get out of jail. They have overcome phases in the game where they allowed India to come back and still have gone on to win their 1000th Test. On day 1, from 216/3 they collapsed to 287 all out. Then they had India at 100/5, dropped Kohli and Pandya off successive balls, watched Kohli grit it out to bring the visitors to just 13 of their score. Yesterday, in the second innings, they succumbed to nerves to be 87/7 before they were rescued by Sam Curran. And today, they had to get Kohli out before thinking of a win and duly Stokes turned up.

54.2
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, out Caught by Cook!! England win. Root is delighted. It is Stokes who has done it. The crowd at Edgbaston roar. Length delivery outside off, Hardik Pandya guides it straight to Cook at first slip who hangs on. A comfortable height to take it and he doesn't drop it. Root had the arms aloft as he ran in from long-off to celebrate. Stokes is hugged by his mates. England go 1-0 up. Hardik Pandya c Cook b Stokes 31(61) [4s-4]

Stokes to Hardik Pandya, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

54.1
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, Stokes deliberately allows the ball to go past him after Hardik Pandya pushed it back
53.6
0
Adil Rashid to U Yadav, no run, Umesh has no problems as the length is short, defended off the back foot

One ball again for Umesh to survive. Slip, silly point and short leg in

53.5
1
Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, wristed to long-on. Hardik Pandya thinks and thinks before taking the single

The field stays back

53.4
0
Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, no run, keeps a bit low, Hardik Pandya keeps it out
53.3
0
Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, no run, the googly, now, Hardik Pandya defends with hard hands but into the vacant leg-side
53.2
2
Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, 2 runs, heaved away, in the air but in the gap, Anderson at deep mid, runs around and pushes it back with a dive. Saved two

Only slip and a short leg. The rest on the fence

53.1
0
Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, no run, skids on to off, Hardik Pandya pushes to deep cover

Will Root gamble with Rashid? Against Hardik Pandya? Let's see. Yes it is Rash

52.6
0
Stokes to U Yadav, no run, short of length on off, Yadav survives by keeping it out

Short leg in

Paul Farbrace, Englad's assistant coach, is chatting to a sub, who will come on after the end of the over to pass on his messages

One ball for Umesh to survive

52.5
1
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, slower delivery outside off, Hardik Pandya drives to long-off and takes the single on offer

The field is spread out still

52.4
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, full outside off, driven to long-off
52.3
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, slower delivery outside off, cut hard but to sweeper, can't get it wide to come back for two
52.2
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, full outside off, driven firmly back to Stokes
52.1
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, short of length on off, wristed to long-on
51.6
0
Adil Rashid to U Yadav, no run, low full-toss outside off, driven to sweeper. Umesh has a smile, maybe he wanted a single, nothing doing from Hardik Pandya
51.5
0
Adil Rashid to U Yadav, no run, just past the outside edge, shortish and curving away, Yadav pushes and is lucky not to edge that

Silly point in now

51.4
0
Adil Rashid to U Yadav, no run, leggie on leg and middle, Yadav defends with bat and pad together

Hardik Pandya has a word with Yadav

51.3
0
Adil Rashid to U Yadav, no run, another leggie, another one well defended to cover
51.2
0
Adil Rashid to U Yadav, no run, tossed up outside off, Yadav defends to cover

Still a slip and a short leg. Four in on the off-side

51.1
0
Adil Rashid to U Yadav, no run, tossed up outside off, square-driven straight to the fielder at backward point
50.6
4
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, smashed over mid-off. Length delivery outside off, Hardik Pandya just knifed it up and over the fielder. Reduces the target by four

Kohli is seen sitting watching from the viewing area. Another chat between Root and Stokes

50.5
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, sharp inswinger, Hardik Pandya fails on the tuck, takes it on the thigh pad

Root, Stokes and Buttler have a chat. Field placings. Mid-off, mid-on, mid-wicket and cover all in now

50.4
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, flowing drive from Hardik Pandya, on off, he takes a couple of steps out, looking for the run but then retreats as Root slides at long-off to cut it out
50.3
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, short of length and angled in, Hardik Pandya defends it back to Stokes
50.2
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, short of length and angling in, Hardik Pandya defends with soft hands towards gully

The field is spread out

50.1
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, full outside off, Hardik Pandya drives to mid-off, who is deep, not off the middle of the bat and he won't take the single

It is all up to Hardik Pandya now. But not sensible at all to expose Ishant to Rashid. And the leggie duly got the tall man out. He has strike now

Umesh Yadav, right handed bat, comes to the crease

49.6
0
Adil Rashid to Ishant, out Lbw!! England review against Ishant for lbw. Adil Rashid was on his knees as he appealed and got nothing from Gaff. Looks dead. No inside edge onto the pad. The googly and Ishant has missed it. Three Reds and out. Adil Rashid has done it. Beautiful googly, spins sharply into Ishant who didn't pick it. Always susceptible to the googly. Was in the first innings, given out but that time it was missing. Here given not out and plumb. England just a wicket away now. Ishant lbw b Adil Rashid 11(15) [4s-2]

Adil Rashid to Ishant, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

49.5
0
Adil Rashid to Ishant, no run, Stokes shakes his head at slip after catching that. No bat. Replays prove Stokes right. Sharp leggie, turns past the drive of Ishant
49.4
0
Adil Rashid to Ishant, no run, quicker delivery, shortish and allows Ishant to punch off the back foot
49.3
0
Adil Rashid to Ishant, no run, slides straight on to off, Ishant keeps it out

Slip and a short leg

49.2
2
Adil Rashid to Ishant, 2 runs, swept from outside off to deep square leg, they take two, good shot
49.1
0
Adil Rashid to Ishant, no run, Ishant almost falls over after lunging to defend that ball on off stump, he stretched so far ahead but managed to keep his balance in the end

Adil Rashid [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack

Time for drinks as well. What an hour of play. Epic. Just epic. This Test is ebbing and flowing one way to the other. Can't take your eye off it for a second even. Karthik went in the first over, then there was a spunky stand between Hardik Pandya and Kohli. India seemed to be ahead when three boundaries came quickly. Enter Stokes. He takes out the Indian skipper and Shami in one over. The game swings England's way. Then Ishant gets two boundaries. Still England's I reckon. And now there are verbals to add to the unending drama. If you are missing this, then you are missing one of the all-time great Test matches. A small break like this one won't do any harm to the weak hearts out there.

48.6
0
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, no run, good leave, short of length and angling in, Hardik Pandya thrusts his front foot forward and across before shouldering arms. End of an eventful over
48.5
1
Stokes to Ishant, 1 run, inswinger on a short of length, turned to fine leg, happy with one. And again Stokes and Hardik Pandya have a go. Buttler gets involved. Nass on air quips: "T20 League deals out of the window." It is all theatre at Edgbaston
48.4
4
Stokes to Ishant, FOUR, off the splice and over fourth slip. Ishant gets lucky. Very lucky. Root smiles though. Words between Ishant and Stokes. Maybe even Hardik Pandya. This is a splice-jarrer. Ishant had no chance as it rose awkwardly at him, somehow his fend clears the man and runs away. All these runs count. Then the verbals begin

Pretty sure that Stokes will bowl the big hooping inswinger and target Ishant's pads

48.3
0
Stokes to Ishant, no run, full outside off, Ishant angles the bat with an open face, but finds backward point

Still no third man

48.2
4
Stokes to Ishant, FOUR, no third man and four. Stokes shakes his head. That was a well played shot. Softly and into the gap wide of fourth slip, guiding a short of length delivery outside off to the fence
48.1
1
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Hardik Pandya is trusting Ishant. Not sure if that is a good move, short of length angled in, pushed wide of mid-on

The fourth time Bairstow has had five dismissals in an innings.

47.6
0
Sam Curran to Ishant, no run, full outside off, Ishant drives crisply and my colleague Sagar here went nuts thinking it was a four. But turns out they have a man halfway in from the fence at extra cover. A dot. Such a good shot for no run
47.5
0
Sam Curran to Ishant, no run, kept a bit low but well defended by Ishant as it headed to off
47.4
0
Sam Curran to Ishant, no run, attacking the pads, with inswing, Ishant pushes it to mid-off

Look at the Barmy Army go. They are singing their throats to death!

47.3
0
Sam Curran to Ishant, no run, jammed it into the ground, straight into the ground and caught by Jennings at fourth slip. On a yorker length outside off, Ishant digs it first into the ground and then to the opener. They will check, but Ishant will get away and he does
47.2
0
Sam Curran to Ishant, no run, ooh! Swung for Sam Curran, full and coming back in, Ishant drives and finds cover

Two slips and a fourth slip

Is that a good single? Only time will tell

47.1
1
Sam Curran to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, low full-toss outside off, Hardik Pandya drives to the left of mid-off. Root keeps it to a single with a slide

Sam Curran [5.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack

Ishant Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease

46.6
0
Stokes to Shami, out Caught by Bairstow!! This Stokes is doing it again. Gets Shami and the Hollies stand goes mental, absolutely nuts. Test match cricket at its finest. As soon as he got the edge, Stokes ran away sideways roaring in celebration. This is a splice-tickler, around off, angled in, Shami could only nick it and the game has turned on its head in the space of an over. What an all-rounder. The best in the world currently and he is winning the game for England. Shami c Bairstow b Stokes 0(3)

Stokes to Shami, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

46.5
0
Stokes to Shami, no run, no chance with that delivery, pitches full outside off, jumps at Shami like a cobra, not a chance in hell, to nick that. Too good for anyone
46.4
0
Stokes to Shami, no run, beaten outside off, looks to run it down, and a poor shot, no feet and lucky to be still there

Mohammed Shami, right handed bat, comes to the crease

46.3
0
Stokes to Kohli, out Lbw!! Given out lbw. Kohli is given. But he will review. Looks out. No problems with the front foot. No inside edge onto the pad as well. The whole of India will despair. Three Reds and Kohli is gone. One has to feel for Kohli here. What a knock he has played in both innings, but one error and he is gone. Maybe India's chances as well. Look at him walk back. Head down, the helmet strap kissing his lips, what a sad sight. This came back in and Kohli who is so good with the on-side shots, falls over slightly and gets trapped right in front. The GOAT in pressure-chases crumbles. But Stokes is the man. He roars as he sinks to his knees. What an all-rounder he is. Anderson came up to hug him while Root is jumping and punching the air in joy. Kohli had to go for the review. No other option but that was stone dead. Kohli lbw b Stokes 51(93) [4s-4]

Stokes to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

46.2
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, length delivery outside off, Kohli defends in front of the fourth slip, wants a quick single, not there
46.1
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, short of length on middle, Kohli nudges it in front of Stokes who runs across to field

Ben Stokes [10.0-1-25-1] is back into the attack

45.6
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, this short tactic seems to be unsettling Hardik Pandya a bit, especially when it is outside off, needlessly he flirts at it before pulling the bat away from the line of the ball. That was a belated attempt, so easily could've feathered it behind
45.5
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, hits a shortish length, but Hardik Pandya plays it well, rising on his toes to fend it down, didn't rise enough to trouble the batsman

12 runs in the last 7 balls. All boundaries

45.4
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, good leave. On a length and outside off, left alone

Now Anderson and Broad have a chat. Maybe a change of plan. Still deep square stays

45.3
4
Broad to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, superb shot. This is the best of the lot. He is standing well outside off and then moved into the flick, took it from around off and thumped it away through mid-wicket. No chance for anyone. That's a very confident blow
45.2
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, pulls the length back, Hardik Pandya defends to cover
45.1
4
Broad to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, Hardik Pandya is showing impressive mettle here. Overpitched outside off, Hardik Pandya just meets it with a straight bat and it runs away wide of mid-off. When there's no swing nor seam, it turns out to be an easy shot, crucial runs these

Most runs in a Test by a Indian captain in England:
212 MAK Pataudi (64 & 148), Leeds, 1967
200 V KOHLI (149 & 51*) this Test **
190 M Azharuddin (179 & 11), Manchester, 1990
167 S Ganguly (68 & 99),Trent Bridge, 2002

44.6
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, first time that Kohli has poked at a ball he would leave, short of length outside off, guides it on the bounce to a fourth slipish where Jennings fields. Slightly nervy shot that
44.5
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, big shout for lbw but that has hit Kohli outside the line of off, playing a shot. Good inswinger, but Kohli had moved across and got outside off even as he was struck on the pad. Even Anderson knew it. Aleem Dar got it right
44.4
4
Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, 50 for Kohli. The Indians roar in the crowd. Root looks a bit worried. Was a delivery that was angling down leg, neatly glanced away, no chance for Rashid at long leg, went quickly. No big celebrations from the Indian skipper, just a raise of the bat and he gets on with it. Knows that there's still lot of work to be done
44.3
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, back to testing Kohli with full outswingers, left alone
44.2
3
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, 3 runs, full and looking for the pad, there was Anderson, floated and allows Hardik Pandya to drive wide of the diving Curran at mid-wicket, doesn't have the legs to go to the fence, but they take three
44.1
1
Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, too straight, allows Kohli to nudge it to fine leg, wanted two but Rashid is good there

Pandya has already faced 30 balls in this innings. In the three previous 2nd innings he batted in, he faced 28 balls in total - getting dismissed thrice.

43.6
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, Broad has his hands on his head. That was again close to the edge, shortish and Hardik Pandya played at it, trying to run it down, a very poor shot to that type of ball, nearly nicked off
43.5
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, calmly leaves the next full delivery outside off alone after striding forward
43.4
4
Broad to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, overpitched around off, Hardik Pandya plays a glorious on-drive, straight bat and it raced past the stumps at the other end. Too straight for mid-on to do anything. Pressure releases a bit

Broad is the man to try a short ball against Hardik Pandya. Has the pace

43.3
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, now he attacks the off stump, Hardik Pandya forward and pushes it towards mid-off
43.2
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, just a blip from Bairstow. Wobbles and dips at the last moment, he fumbles but the ball isn't far away from him. Hardik Pandya left that delivery outside off
43.1
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, good call of no from Hardik Pandya. Defended to cover and he immediately recognised that there was no run there
42.6
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, full outside off, Kohli is right forward to defend to cover. That's as solid as one can get. Nothing is getting past that defence

Immense and unbelievable pressure on Kohli here

42.5
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, short of length rising, outside off, well left
42.4
1
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, now the inswinger and Hardik Pandya gets away despite getting his front foot in the way of the bat, somehow gets it away behind square
42.3
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, so close. So so close. Hardik Pandya hanging his bat at a short of length delivery that moved away enough to threaten the edge, Anderson nearly had him there

Kohli walks up to Hardik Pandya to have a word. This is a tense Test. Everyone are feeling it

42.2
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, this is much shorter, easier leave as Anderson plugs away outside off
42.1
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, lovely shape on that outswinger, full and inviting the drive, but Hardik Pandya is very determined, leaves

Six overs since start of play and Kohli has just faced 7 balls. 7!

41.6
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, back to length and back to defence. Curving in, Kohli is solid on the front foot
41.5
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, good ball. Surprise short ball, hits the handle of Kohli who wasn't expecting it, rose to fend it and it hit the handle before falling down. Broad really dug that one into the pitch
41.4
1
Broad to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, risky. Very risky but Hardik Pandya would've been in even with a direct hit from mid-on. Anderson the man, flicked to him and they took on the pacer, gets Kohli on strike
41.3
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, pitched up outside off, Hardik Pandya drives to mid-off, Kohli took a few steps looking for the single, not there
41.2
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, scoots through to Bairstow, after Hardik Pandya had left that wide full delivery alone
41.1
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, full outside off, Hardik Pandya drives it back to Broad, good stop as it was firmly hit
40.6
1
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, defended wide of gully, soft hands and he takes the single. Just what England want
40.5
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, short of length again, outside off, good leave

Not a bad idea to try a surprise short ball here as Hardik Pandya is getting well forward, playing for the length and fuller balls

40.4
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, another shortish delivery, but it pitches outside off and moves away, Hardik Pandya leaves
40.3
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, short of length outside off, Hardik Pandya is well forward, defends to backward point
40.2
1
Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, even though he is playing away from the body there, he is in control of the push, swinging and then moving away, Kohli reaches out to guide it to deep point
40.1
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, outswinger on a fuller length, pitches outside off, left alone
39.6
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, throws up the sucker full delivery outside off, but Hardik Pandya lets it go
39.5
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, shortens the length there, a tad, but still Hardik Pandya is lunging forward, manages to leave as it curves in, no threat to off though
39.4
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, good stride forward to smother that full delivery outside off, the ball rolls behind him
39.3
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, goes full on off, pushed back to Broad
39.2
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, beats him. Lovely delivery, at pace, on a fuller length, around off, Hardik Pandya had to play as it may have come in, it doesn't though and the edge is beaten
39.1
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, fullish and angled in, Hardik Pandya is very good with that front foot block of his. Off the middle of the bat
38.6
1
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, keeps the strike with a similar shot, but through square leg this time, was short of length on the hips, which Hardik Pandya tucked away
38.5
2
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, 2 runs, walks down and across, tucks this short of length delivery behind square, they take on Rashid and make it back for the second
38.4
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, shortish outside off, easy leave

Hardik Pandya is batting outside the crease

38.3
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, good leave, on a length and outside off, Hardik Pandya gets forward and shoulders arms
38.2
0
Anderson to Hardik Pandya, no run, full and the inswinger attempted, on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket. Good shot for no run
38.1
1
Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, full outside off, Kohli defends down and wide of cover, trusts Hardik Pandya and gives him the strike
37.6
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, solid again, short of length around off, Hardik Pandya defends from the crease
37.5
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, that's easy. Short and outside off, moves away after Hardik Pandya leaves, Bairstow does well to glove it in front of first slip
37.4
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, and next ball, he plays and misses. That's poor. Lunged out at a ball he should've left alone, full outside off, holds its line, Hardik Pandya is beaten. So close to the edge
37.3
0
Broad to Hardik Pandya, no run, pitched up outside off, Hardik Pandya is as solid as ever, that's a very good first defensive shot, to cover, big stride forward and blocked under his eyes
37.2
1
Broad to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Kohli runs it down to deep point, takes the single
37.1
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, on a good length and holding its line outside off, Kohli covers the line and lets it go

Stuart Broad [9.0-1-29-2] is back into the attack

Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease

36.6
0
Anderson to Karthik, out Caught by Malan!! That's a big wicket and India have been rocked early. Karthik is waiting, but I think it's a fair catch from Malan at second slip. He's waiting for the decision, third umpire Marais Erasmus has a look and it's a clean catch. OUT - says the giant screen and India have lost their sixth wicket. Anderson must have had a good night's sleep, on a good length and shaping back into the right-hander, Karthik was prodding forward in defence, the ball straightened to find the outside edge, low and in front of second slip. Malan bends forward, gets his hands underneath and cusps it cleanly. Karthik c Malan b Anderson 20(50) [4s-2]

Anderson to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

36.5
0
Anderson to Karthik, no run, loud shout for LBW and England will not review. Root was interested, but Anderson wasn't, Karthik got a big stride forward on the defensive push, got himself outside the line of off-stump as he missed the inswinger

Loud shout for LBW and England will not review

36.4
2
Anderson to Karthik, 2 runs, first runs of the morning, short of a length and angling back into the right-hander, Karthik was prodding forward in defence, the ball hit the shoulder of the bat and rolled away wide of the slip cordon, back for the second run
36.3
0
Anderson to Karthik, no run, short of a good length and holding its line outside off, Karthik watches it all along and lets it go
36.2
0
Anderson to Karthik, no run, Anderson shortens his length and gets it to shape away from the right-hander, Karthik had a feel for it before withdrawing his bat at the last moment
36.1
0
Anderson to Karthik, no run, fuller length delivery and shaping away from outside off, Karthik covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go

Right, the players are out in the middle. It should be a short day's play but it could either be absorbing or turn into a damp squib. 'Kohli v England' says a placard of an Indian supporter as the players make their way out to the middle. Anderson will start Day 4, he has two slips and a wide third slip in place..

Deepu has a few stats which should make the Indian supporters hopeful on a Saturday afternoon.

100+ runs added for the last five wkts from five down < 100 in successful 4th inngs chases :
215 48/5 -> 263/9 Eng v Aus, Oval, 1902
198 89/5 -> 287/9 SA v Eng, Joburg, 1906
180 95/5 -> 275/8 Aus v Eng, SCG, 1907
163 99/5 -> 262/9 Pak v Ban, Multan, 2003
141 74/5 -> 215/6 NZ v Ind, Wellington, 1998
140 76/5 -> 216/9 Ind v Aus, Mohali, 2010
129 92/5 -> 221/7 Eng v SA, Joburg, 1910
114 59/5 -> 173/9 Eng v SA, Cape Town, 1923

Right, a big day in the offing at Edgbaston. Fairly or unfairly, this Test is being compared with the classic 2005 Ashes clash? So, how will the pitch behave. "We are 90 minutes away from the start, but the sun is out and it's a bit warm already, that should be great news for India. There is not too much of rough, it shouldn't really worry the batsmen. The bounce has been uneven at times, there are certain areas where there is wear and tear. The game will be played not on the pitch, but in the minds, opines, Sanjay Manjrekar, in his pitch report

While we wait for the action to begin, here's the first episode of our brand new series - 'Castrol Activ Champions' with Harsha Bhogle recalling moments that made these cricketers legends of the game.

Yesterday was a day for the bowlers. Ashwin started India's demolition job and then Ishant took over, claiming his 8th five-wicket haul, including three in an over - on either side of lunch. Then came the counter-punch, with young Sam Curran smashing his maiden Test fifty. The youngster has had a dream Test, wickets and runs, and he firmly pushed his team towards ascendency. It still can be anyone's game and India will fancy their chances until Kohli stays in the middle - but all it takes is one magic ball and Anderson is more than capable of delivering. It should be a riveting first hour - one that might decide the fate of the two teams.

10:15 AM Local Time: England have a proud record at Edgbaston and they are facing a threat to maintain their hegemony at the venue. No Asian team has won a Test match at this fortress over the past 16 Tests. India thought they had the match in the bag when they had the hosts struggling at 87 for 7, an overall lead of 100 runs. Sam Curran though had other ideas. In a blitzkrieg, he smashed a superb 63 and the overall lead was suddenly 193. Both teams have won and lost this Test at various times, but Curran's knock seemed to make the final difference. At 78 for 5, India's worst fourth innings nightmare was repeating itself. There was one solace though and that was the presence of captain, Virat Kohli. Unlike the first innings, he wasn't struggling, but like the first innings - he was fast running out of partners. Until Dinesh Karthik - the duo have added 32 runs for the sixth wicket and look good for more. The first hour will make all the difference today. Which team can hold their nerves better?

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Right. 84 runs for India. England need five wickets, or maybe even one if that one happens to be Kohli's. As things stand, it is Sam Curran's blitz at the end of the second innings that is going to be the difference. So, save your hearts, for tomorrow promises to break many. It's setting up to be a repeat of that 2005 epic. Do join us then, until we meet next, ta ta!!

Sam Curran: I think it is pretty even. Obviously when we had them at 60/5 we were a wise bet. Still think a lot in the wicket for both bat and ball. So fingers crossed. Hopefully a big crowd comes in tomorrow. We do (need to get Kohli out). But we need the four wickets at the end as well. It is going to be a good day. It is going to be close. The first hour is going to be crucial, if we can get a couple at the top, hopefully we win.

18:51 local, 23:21 IST -- Stumps: Trust these long overdrawn days to leave you short on nails. At the end of every session, just when you expect things to get clearer by the next, it only ends up getting messier. And boy, don't we just love that. 194 is no cakewalk, surely not when you have an attack like England's. But India made matters pretty tough for themselves with the way some of their batsmen have played. Dhawan nicked off like the world feared he would, Rahane fell to sheer indecisiveness, but the others had peaches to account for themselves. If not for Kohli standing there, the battle looked long lost. But England have been sensational - beating the edge, setting batsmen up .. if only their slip catching could complement.

35.6
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, so anticlimactic. A bouncer too short for Kohli to be troubled .. he sits, he ignores, he walks off
35.5
1
Stokes to Karthik, 1 run, feeds the pads, very very deliberately. Whipped away to fine leg and Stokes gets what he wants - Kohli on strike, for one ball, one nervous ball

A short leg and a leg-slip. Stokes goes round the wicket

35.4
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, 137kph, puts his bat to use, jabbing yet another shorter one towards gully
35.3
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, bouncer again, Karthik drops his wrists and sways for a change
35.2
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, bouncer, not quite getting up. Doesn't matter when Karthik is ducking so early

Should be the final over, unless Stokes can do a Jadeja.

35.1
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, on the hop, on the bounce and on the downward defence
34.6
1
Adil Rashid to Karthik, 1 run, drags him forward with the drift going away as Karthik slices it through point. They'll jog a single, happily
34.5
0
Adil Rashid to Karthik, no run, another quicker one close to the sticks. Blocked again with a big press forward
34.4
0
Adil Rashid to Karthik, no run, shuffles, behind the line, dropping it at his feet. Quicker, flatter, dart on the stumps this
34.3
1
Adil Rashid to Kohli, 1 run, driven off the pitch of it, a lot more politely when compared to what DK did a ball earlier, sweeper
34.2
1
Adil Rashid to Karthik, 1 run, clears out his front leg, with a drive like he had at Headingley a few weeks ago. Well this is how that drive was meant to be - slapped to extra cover
34.1
1
Adil Rashid to Kohli, 1 run, neat toss up outside off, smothered at the pitch of it

Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

33.6
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, hops behind the line, bunts it down at his feet. India's mission - 8 minutes | England's mission - Well, Kohli would do
33.5
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, shuffles, cool-ly on the leave. He ain't getting sucked in to the wide-suckers
33.4
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, hops, jabbing his waft inside the line. Stokes keeps testing him with the line outside off
33.3
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, loses his wrists down leg. Well down
33.2
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, 134kph, back of a length, Karthik makes it look like a bouncer, sways and sits
33.1
1
Stokes to Kohli, 1 run, 137kph, rib-lined. Tickled away behind square

- First partnership this innings that lasted 50+ balls

32.6
1
Broad to Kohli, 1 run, on a back of a length, Kohli goes up on his toes, using the width to run it down to third man to keep his strike
32.5
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, goes short. Half of Kohli wants to upper-cut, but the other half takes over, reminding him of the 13-minute away stumps
32.4
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, some intent with the push in defence now. Broad keeps it more of the same - wide inswingers - goes to cover
32.3
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, stretches his front leg out, countering the shape back solidly
32.2
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, nipping in late, and late enough for Kohli to shed his leave
32.1
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, 142kph, pokes at a wide one. Broad scramble-seams it outside off, Kohli who hasn't had the strike for quite some time reaches out, nibbles .. perhaps reviving some four-year-old memories
31.6
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, 135kph, another bouncer, around off now. Karthik first sways, then sits, and then overbalances
31.5
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, 140kph, back to bending his back in the bouncer. Climbs, kicks up, everything over a ducking DK to get Bairstow leaping
31.4
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, conventionally on the hard heavy length outside off. Karthik can continue with his lunge
31.3
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, more on the nose. Karthik gets awkward, but effectively enough to bunt it somewhere round the corner
31.2
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, test the bumper. Not all that threatening, as Karthik rides, goes up in the air and drops it down
31.1
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, 136kph, gets a hint twisted in his defence, with the jag taking a chunk of the leading edge back down the pitch

For all those waiting for stumps to have your dinner, your wait is 20 minutes longer. To cover up for the time lost due to bad light, play is extended up till 18.50 local time.

30.6
1
Broad to Karthik, 1 run, opens up his defence, keeping third man busy as he keeps the strike

Meanwhile this is India's joint highest partnership in this innings.

30.5
0
Broad to Karthik, no run, solid block, lunging into it. Crispy
30.4
1
Broad to Kohli, 1 run, 139kph, neatly dabs it with the bat-pad stuck behind point

Kohli in 2014: 288 balls across 10 innings
Kohli in 2018: 289* balls within the first Test

30.3
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, 138kph, shuffles, well outside his off-pole, letting the seam off the pitch take it away
30.2
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, fuller, a pressed out push to cover
30.1
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, 136kph, sixth-stumpish on a good length, Kohli isn't messing with these, not at this stage
29.6
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, appeal - LBW - But Karthik does one thing correctly to get a stride outside the line and pretend to be playing a shot, despite the bat being hidden behind. Bairstow agrees. And convinces. One of the big inswingers that comes back in, beats the inside edge and slams the front pad
29.5
1
Stokes to Kohli, 1 run, stretches away from his body, running the short-wide stuff to third man
29.4
1
Stokes to Karthik, leg byes, 1 run, past his glance, but not past his thigh guard. Down to fine leg .. 100 up
29.3
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, surprise bouncer. Karthik does well to drop his wrists and sway out
29.2
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, squared up, softly, off the thick outside half as he also opens up his bat to die in front of a diving third slip
29.1
1
Stokes to Kohli, 1 run, 136kph, presses forward, waiting beside the line to dab it square
28.6
0
Broad to Karthik, no run, cutting back in off the turf, giving him a workout on the inside-edge now to thud into the thigh pad
28.5
4
Broad to Karthik, FOUR, edges India into double digits. Broad keeps pitching it up full, wide, sucking drives and Karthik can't leave any longer. Goes wide from his body, wide of third slip .. where third man isn't fashionable any more
28.4
0
Broad to Karthik, no run, continues tempting him there outside off. DK premeditates the leave
28.3
0
Broad to Karthik, no run, 139kph, teases him outside off, Karthik can't resist - chases after, but sense prevails, and withdraws
28.2
0
Broad to Karthik, no run, 134kph, a touch closer to the stumps, drawing DK into a drive. Obliged. To cover
28.1
0
Broad to Karthik, no run, full, wide, swinging away. Left

Stuart Broad [6.0-1-22-2] is back into the attack

This should be a tester, Broad is usually better with his second spells. A wicket here and India should worry, big time.

27.6
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, 137kph, nipping back in from wide of the crease. Left
27.5
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, 140kph, bouncer, decent height, but short enough and leg-sided enough to start with as Kohli sits under it early
27.4
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, early into his flick, leading-edging it out. Now, now. Perhaps his first streaky bit in this innings .. safely to mid-off
27.3
1
Stokes to Karthik, 1 run, softly jabbed away behind point off the back foot
27.2
4
Stokes to Karthik, FOUR, oh these elbows - textbook - going after the length ball on the up to absolutely nail it through extra cover
27.1
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, bouncer. Too high, too leg-sided. Easy duck under
26.6
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, a very assured defence, using his bat to one on the fifth stump line to drop it to gully
26.5
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, 130kph, normal carry. But again, too wide outside off to tempt Kohli in .. remember, this is no 2014
26.4
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, 132kph, low unsettling bounce, but way outside off. Dies through to the keeper, but Kohli was never going after it
26.3
1
Anderson to Karthik, 1 run, the inswinger goes too straight into the pads. Clipped away, backward square leg
26.2
0
Anderson to Karthik, no run, 132kph, shuffles, trusts his leave. Anderson doing his usual trick - setting things up with outswingers outside off
26.1
1
Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, front leg out, driving it wide of mid-off

The equation: 107 runs | Five wickets | Two days

25.6
2
Stokes to Karthik, 2 runs, an inch short of the dreamy inswinging yorker. Whipped away, again off the toe-end through mid-wicket
25.5
1
Stokes to Kohli, 1 run, a very spliced guide behind gully
25.4
1
Stokes to Karthik, 1 run, 135kph, too full. Drilled through the covers, very toe-ended
25.3
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, two outswingers .. and the sucker inswing. Karthik gets out a big stride way outside the line of off, gets beaten on the swing and is struck in front of off. A small appeal, given that it ends up being an umpire's call
25.2
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, 132kph, outswinger, sixth-stump to start off with, tailing away further. Karthik watches, keep watching
25.1
0
Stokes to Karthik, no run, a very fidgety shuffle, an ever fidget-ier leave
24.6
4
Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, gets a leg-line on his hips, and Kohli makes sure to put it away. A step inside, glancing it away very fine. Not that it would have mattered, there's nobody behind square
24.5
1
Anderson to Karthik, 1 run, opens up his bat face, staying late to steer it through point
24.4
0
Anderson to Karthik, no run, 134kph, oh dear. Karthik doesn't need sighters, he's happy to jab at deliveries way outside off, beaten, luckily

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

24.3
0
Anderson to Ashwin, out Caught by Bairstow!! Karma hits back. Ashwin has another aimless walk down the pitch, Anderson smartly gets it closer to the stumps, continuing to jag it away after pitching like he has mastered. Ashwin flirts, away from his body and kisses it off the outside edge to the keeper. Ashwin c Bairstow b Anderson 13(15) [4s-3]

Anderson to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

24.2
4
Anderson to Ashwin, FOUR, some bravado this. He walks down to Anderson, gets squared up by the nip away, but manages to point his bat downwards to ensure the edge goes wide of third slip
24.1
1
Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, a delicate tap in front of cover-point, empty enough to jog through
23.6
0
Stokes to Ashwin, no run, big swing in on the pads. Ashwin comprehensively gets beaten on his flick. But Stokes appeals, pleads, everything
23.5
0
Stokes to Ashwin, no run, fifth-stumpish, pulling his length back a touch. Ashwin half-stabs, thankfully to leave
23.4
4
Stokes to Ashwin, FOUR, opens up his drive and opens up the gap through point. Stokes overcooks this outside off, and Ashwin square-drives. Stunningly
23.3
0
Stokes to Ashwin, no run, another poke in front of his pad, all in his made up leave to let this one outside off be
23.2
0
Stokes to Ashwin, no run, 135kph, jagging away, but Ashwin continues deliberately going across his stumps and stroking a mock defence inside the line .. getting mock beaten
23.1
0
Stokes to Ashwin, no run, shuffles across, inside the line in a soft defence to mid-wicket

Ben Stokes [3.0-0-8-1] is back into the attack

22.6
1
Anderson to Ashwin, 1 run, 133kph, too straight, follows his hips as Ashwin tucks it away behind square
22.5
0
Anderson to Ashwin, no run, pitched fuller, Ashwin on another drive. Well he continues to be fooled with the seam on the outside edge
22.4
0
Anderson to Ashwin, no run, 132kph, swinging in to off, forcing Ashwin to drive, only to fool him with the seam away. Boi, unplayable, squared
22.3
0
Anderson to Ashwin, no run, 130kph, shortens his length, closing in on the body as Ashwin goes back footed in punching his defence towards cover
22.2
0
Anderson to Ashwin, no run, a deliberate waft inside the line, not reaching out to the seam away wide outside off
22.1
1
Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, runs it down, angle-batted behind point
21.6
4
Sam Curran to Ashwin, FOUR, too full. Ashwin specializes in these off-drives, gets out his stride to the pitch of it and smears it in front of extra cover .. well that'll do his confidence some good
21.5
0
Sam Curran to Ashwin, no run, shapes it in on middle and leg. Ashwin wrists it out, late, but effectively enough despite the pop up into the leg-side

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease

21.4
0
Sam Curran to Rahane, out Caught by Bairstow!! Bairstow claims. England claim. England celebrate. Rahane continues jabbing outside off like he did in the first innings, very tamely. Goes to half cut a short ball that just doesn't get up, but he won't use his feet, not one bit. Gets the under-edge on the waft and Bairstow gets his fingers very low in time .. or does he? The soft signal says out. And the split-screen is good enough to confirm, just in. Rahane stood his ground, and Bairstow has a death stare in his sledge. Rahane c Bairstow b Sam Curran 2(16)

Sam Curran to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

21.3
0
Sam Curran to Rahane, no run, 132kph, bumped short. Rahane hops, riding it in fending it just past the pitch
21.2
0
Sam Curran to Rahane, no run, 129kph, shaping in on the top of off. Rahane, already outside his crease, comes further out in negating the swing with his block down the pitch
21.1
0
Sam Curran to Rahane, no run, sharp full inswinger. Rahane gets out a hurried up flick to square leg

Four slips, without anybody at third.

20.6
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, 131kph, good length just outside off. A low bat-pad stuck block
20.5
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, 126kph, decent carry through. More in the channel, more of a leave
20.4
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, 128kph. A hint of late shape away, but in the fifth stump channel with Kohli showing off a big shuffling leave
20.3
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, a hint of inswing on off. Squeezy-defence back down
20.2
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, outswinger outside off, Kohli lifts his bat and lets it go
20.1
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, fuller and around off, Kohli defends
19.6
0
Sam Curran to Rahane, no run, back of a length and Rahane fails to meet with the clip, struck on the thigh pad
19.5
1
Sam Curran to Kohli, 1 run, swinging into the pads, flicked to deep backward square leg
19.4
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, the whole of India breathes a sigh of relief. Bairstow was right. Height was always going to be an issue. The nip-backer and Kohli presses forward to defend, the ball beats the inside edge and hits the back thigh. With Kohli standing out of his crease it was always going to be a tough call, especially being hit on the back leg. Kohli also had a big stride forward. Root went with Curran's gut and England lose a review

England review: For an LBW against Kohli. Bairtow gestured it was high. But Root goes with Curran. Fair delivery. Struck on the back thigh. Missed the inside edge as per UltraEdge. Going over the stumps. Not Out!

19.3
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, fuller and on off, Kohli drives it straight back and Curran gets a hand to it
19.2
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, that's the length. Good length ball around off and it holds its line, Kohli played for the incoming ball and is beaten all ends up. Lovely bowling from the youngster
19.1
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, pitched up outside off, Kohli's drive finds Root at mid-off. That was middled
18.6
0
Anderson to Rahane, no run, teaser outside off and Rahane does not catch the bait, waves it through to Bairstow
18.5
0
Anderson to Rahane, no run, again, the length is fractionally short and Rahane tentatively stabs it towards gully
18.4
0
Anderson to Rahane, no run, back of a length on off, Rahane defends into the off-side and looks for a run, Kohli shouts a loud "no"
18.3
0
Anderson to Rahane, no run, on a length and swinging away outside off, Rahane lifts his bat and lets it go
18.2
3
Anderson to Kohli, 3 runs, just a push and the ball almost reaches the boundary rope. Full and outside off, Kohli plays an extended forward defence and the ball pings off the middle, races away towards deep extra where the fielder from deep point gets across
18.1
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, first ball back and he beats the bat. Right on the money. Pitched around off and jagged away ever so slightly, Kohli presses forward to defend but is undone by the late movement

James Anderson [6.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack

17.6
0
Sam Curran to Rahane, no run, fuller and on the fourth stump, blocked back to Curran
17.5
0
Sam Curran to Rahane, no run, tad short in length and swinging in, tucked to mid-wicket
17.4
1
Sam Curran to Kohli, 1 run, good length ball with a bit of late curl in, Kohli taps it with an angled bat to point
17.3
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, shortens the length and Kohli is off his feet to guide it towards the cordon, Jennings dives across to save a run
17.2
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, fuller and around off, blocked with the pad and bat together
17.1
4
Sam Curran to Kohli, FOUR, creamed! Kohli does not even bother to look at the ball. Just marks his guard. Full ball outside off, Kohli leans into the cover-drive and caresses it through the vast vacant gaps on the off-side

Time for drinks.. Another absorbing session of Test cricket where India have lost their top order cheaply. It was Broad this time who did the damage by removing the openers and Stokes then followed by bowling a peach to KL. For the nth time Kohli holds the key for India.

16.6
0
Stokes to Rahane, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, Rahane blocks solidly to cover
16.5
0
Stokes to Rahane, no run, sharp lifter around Rahane's left shoulder, he gets inside the line and lets it pass
16.4
0
Stokes to Rahane, no run, wide outside off and Rahane shoulders arms
16.3
0
Stokes to Rahane, no run, on a length and outside off, Rahane with a small stride forward defends to cover
16.2
2
Stokes to Rahane, 2 runs, "come back, come back" shouted Kohli as soon as he saw where the ball went. Rahane prods forward and gets a thick inside edge backward of square leg, the duo are quick enough to complete the two with ease
16.1
1
Stokes to Kohli, 1 run, short of length outside off, Kohli gets on his toes and taps it with an angled bat behind point
15.6
1
Sam Curran to Kohli, 1 run, that is the line and length. The driving length but a tad short, swings in and Kohli goes for the expansive drive, a thick inside edge thuds into the pad and rolls into the off-side
15.5
4
Sam Curran to Kohli, FOUR, overpitched and Kohli does not let it pass. Big stride forward and meets the ball with a straight bat, pings off the middle and races away past the cover fielder
15.4
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, good length ball close to off, Kohli defends with the head right on top of the ball
15.3
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, back of a length on off, Kohli drops it near his feet
15.2
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, fuller and around off, Kohli's drive is sliced a bit to mid-off
15.1
0
Sam Curran to Kohli, no run, huge appeal for caught behind. Curran was convinced, but Bairstow got it spot on. He gestures to Root that is bat hitting pad. An away angler from Curran and Kohli plays for the incoming delivery, beaten neck and crop and the sound was bat kissing the pad. Good call from umpire Gaffaney

Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.6
0
Stokes to Rahul, out Caught by Bairstow!! Jaffa! That is a Stokes special. Good length ball angled in and straightens after pitching, Rahul is hanging on the back foot and he hangs his bat out in hope to miss the ball, doesn't and the outside edge is gobbled up by Bairstow. Once again India lose a wicket when a partnership was starting to build. The only thing Rahul could have done is stretched forward and negated the movement like how Kohli is doing, instead he was rooted to the crease. Rahul c Bairstow b Stokes 13(24) [4s-2]

Stokes to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

14.5
0
Stokes to Rahul, no run, fullish and outside off, Rahul defends and looks for a non-existent single, sent back
14.4
0
Stokes to Rahul, no run, too far outside off and Rahul has nothing to do with it, left alone
14.3
1
Stokes to Kohli, 1 run, fuller and nibbling away, Kohli strides forward to block and the ball hits the inside edge before rolling away to mid-wicket
14.2
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, another one in the driving zone. Kohli goes after, pressing forward in stroking it to mid-off
14.1
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, 133kph of a float up outside off. Kohli gets a stride out in his leave
13.6
0
Sam Curran to Rahul, no run, very full and outside off, Rahul jams it back to Curran
13.5
0
Sam Curran to Rahul, no run, full and curling in, Rahul plays around his bat and turns it to mid-wicket. Another candidate for LBW if he does not work on getting his pad out of the way
13.4
0
Sam Curran to Rahul, no run, back of a length on off, Rahul carefully knocks it to mid-on
13.3
0
Sam Curran to Rahul, no run, fraction short in length and Rahul is looking to work it into the on-side, a soft leading edge goes to ground quickly on the off-side
13.2
1
Sam Curran to Kohli, 1 run, angled across the right-hander, Kohli pushes hard and squirts it off the outer half to deep point
13.1
1
Sam Curran to Rahul, 1 run, first ball and they are up in an appeal for LBW. Luckily for India and Rahul he got an inside edge. Excellent first delivery from the left-arm, late inswing and Rahul is caught on the forward move, the inside edge saved him, else he was a goner

Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

12.6
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, wide outside off and Kohli leaves
12.5
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, full and angled into Kohli, who's flick it not powerful enough to beat Broad at mid-on. He feels missed out and practices the flick shot a couple of times
12.4
1
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, tentative from Rahul. On a length and around off, Rahul prods forward and hangs his bat in hope, the inside edge rolls away towards square leg
12.3
3
Stokes to Kohli, 3 runs, very full and outside off, Kohli chased such a delivery last time against Stokes and edged it towards Malan at second slip, but this time rolls his wrists on the ball and squeezes the drive through cover. Buttler gives chase and just about manages to haul it back in play, saved a run
12.2
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, Kohli is hit on the elbow. Just has a look and continues. He will not show any sign of pain. Good length and as usual Stokes gets disconcerting bounce, Kohli was looking to leave but the ball bounced more and struck him on the right elbow
12.1
0
Stokes to Kohli, no run, bit yes-no and Kohli has a stare at his partner. The calling has not been good between the duo. Short of length and Kohli drops it with soft hands adjacent to the wicket on the leg-side, set off and saw a hesitant Rahul, thankfully they did not commit to the run as Stokes was quick to get to the ball

Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

11.6
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, appeal for LBW. No review from England. Another Indian batsman is hit on the pad while leaving the ball. But this time it was not darting in enough to hit the stumps. Rahul shuffles and shoulders arms to this nip-backer, the ball kissed the back pad on the way to Bairstow. Not enough movement to hit off
11.5
1
Broad to Kohli, 1 run, darts in and Kohli is beaten on the inside edge, struck on the thigh pad and the ball drops in front of gully, a look at Rahul and off go the duo to steal a run. In fact, he seemed to have got a thin inside edge
11.4
0
Broad to Kohli, no run, fuller than good length but the line is outside off, easy leave
11.3
2
Broad to Kohli, 2 runs, soft hands from Kohli to this fuller delivery and the ball brushes off the outer portion of the bat to third man, Rashid tidies up and the batsmen settle with a couple
11.2
1
Broad to Rahul, 1 run, fraction short in length and that allows Rahul to hang back and bunt it through point, for a single
11.1
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, tempter - full and outside off, Rahul resists and lets it pass
10.6
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, late but left it well. Good length just outside off, Kohli was a tad late in hoisting his bat up
10.5
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, fuller and close to off, Kohli turns it watchfully in front of mid-on
10.4
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, shortens the length and swings it away, left alone
10.3
2
Anderson to Kohli, 2 runs, full and on off, that is straight for Kohli, who flicks it square and collects two more

Kohli is standing outside the crease like he did in the first innings - a ploy to counter the swinging ball.

10.2
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, on a length and around the fifth stump line, defended with the head right on top of the ball
10.1
2
Anderson to Kohli, 2 runs, fuller and around off, Kohli presents a straight bat on the forward block and the ball races away through a non-existent mid-off, called for two and got it
9.6
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, short of a length and holding its line outside off, left alone
9.5
4
Broad to Rahul, FOUR, streaky and four, Rahul is looking very uncertain, he is struggling against Broad, on a good length and shaping back into the right-hander, Rahul was way too late as he prodded forward, the ball clipped the inside edge and zipped over the top of leg-stump
9.4
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, short of a length and just outside off, Rahul gets behind the line and defends it towards the off-side
9.3
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, big shout for LBW and England will not review, big inside edge and that saved Rahul. On a good length and shaping back into the right-hander, Rahul was shuffling across and caught on the move, just about got his bat down in time, else that was dead plumb
9.2
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, Rahul gets a good front-foot stride and defends it towards the off-side
9.1
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, on a good length and just outside off, Rahul gets a big stride forward and defends it towards the off-side
8.6
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, Anderson shortens his length and gets it to shape away from the right-hander, left alone
8.5
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, Anderson shortens his length and angles this one across the right-hander, a comfortable leave for Kohli
8.4
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, that's a beauty, on a good length and in that channel outside off, made Kohli push at the original line, there's that late shape and Kohli is completely beaten
8.3
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, pitched up and closer to the off-stump line, Kohli watches it all along, lifts his bat and lets it go
8.2
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, short of a length and shaping away from outside off, Kohli covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go
8.1
0
Anderson to Kohli, no run, on a good length and shaping away from outside off, Kohli takes a stride forward, covers the line and lets it go

Four slips for Kohli, he's back facing Anderson

7.6
4
Broad to Rahul, FOUR, cracking shot, this should give Rahul some confidence, half-volley on his pads and he puts it away with glee, shuffles across and clips it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence
7.5
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, lovely, Broad keeps it full and gets it to shape away late from the right-hander, once again Rahul's feet doesn't move as he pushed at that, doesn't edge though
7.4
1
Broad to Kohli, 1 run, length ball on Kohli's pads, he shuffles across and clips it behind square on the on-side for a single

A break in play as Jennings gets his pads on. The momentum has shifted once again towards England, can KL and Kohli arrest the momentum?

Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.3
0
Broad to Dhawan, out Caught by Bairstow!! This time the edge is found and Broad is on a roll. Pitched up in that corridor outside off and gets it to shape away, drew Dhawan into an expansive drive. His feet never moved across, all he managed was a thick edge and Bairstow pouched it with glee. Can hear some tremors in the Indian camp? They have lost both openers now. Dhawan c Bairstow b Broad 13(24) [4s-1]

Broad to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.2
0
Broad to Dhawan, no run, that's poor from Dhawan, he was lured into pushing at one that shaped away late, very nearly edged it to the keeper
7.1
1
Broad to Rahul, 1 run, short of a length and well wide of off, steered away with an angled bat behind square on the off-side for a single
6.6
0
Anderson to Dhawan, no run, tad too short and too wide from Anderson, Dhawan is happy to let it go by
6.5
0
Anderson to Dhawan, no run, short of a good length and shaping back into the left-hander, Dhawan covers the line and lets it go
6.4
1
Anderson to Rahul, 1 run, a direct hit and we have a review for a run-out, but Rahul is safely home. On a good length and swinging away from outside off, Rahul got a good stride forward and drove it to the left of mid-off, it was his call for the single, he ran across the length of the pitch and nearly bumped into umpire Dar. There's a direct hit from Curran, but Rahul was home and dry

A direct hit and we have a review for a run-out, but Rahul is safely home

6.3
0
Anderson to Rahul, no run, Anderson shortens his length and gets it to shape away from the right-hander, Rahul was in two minds, makes a late call to let it go by
6.2
1
Anderson to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length and wide of off, steered square on the off-side for a single
6.1
0
Anderson to Dhawan, no run, tad fuller and shaping back into the left-hander, Dhawan gets a big stride forward, covers the line and lets it go
5.6
0
Broad to Rahul, no run, .. almost another, a jittery forward poke from Rahul and he very nearly edged it to the keeper. On a good length and shaping away late, drew a tentative poke and nearly found the outside edge. Bairstow collects to the groans of the slip cordon

Two slips and a gully for Rahul, Edgbaston has found its voice..

Lokesh Rahul, right handed bat, comes to the crease

5.5
0
Broad to Vijay, out Lbw!! Vijay has been given out LBW, he's had a chat with his partner and he walks off. Bad misjudgement from Vijay and India have lost their first wicket. This was the in-ducker from Broad, Vijay didn't read it, got a big stride forward and then let it go. The ball kept coming back with the angle and thudded into Vijay's pads - around the off-stump. It was going on and crashing into the stumps, simple call for umpire Gaffaney. Vijay lbw b Broad 6(17)

Broad to Vijay, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Vijay has been given out LBW, he's had a chat with his partner and he walks off'

5.4
2
Broad to Vijay, 2 runs, nicely played by Vijay, too full and too straight from Broad, Vijay shuffles across and clips it in front of square on the on-side, gets it past mid-wicket and comes back for the second run
5.3
0
Broad to Vijay, no run, that's a good leave from Vijay, covers the line, trusts the swing and lets it go. This was inswinger from Broad, pitched outside off and nipped back at the batsman
5.2
1
Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, Dhawan leans across and pushes it into the gap past point, strolls across for an easy single
5.1
0
Broad to Dhawan, no run, fuller length delivery and shaping away from outside off, Dhawan watches it all along and lets it go

Stat, stat: India's last fifty-plus opening wicket partnership in fourth innings outside Asia came in Basseterre in June 2006. In the 20 opening stands since, the highest is 48 by Rahul & Vijay at the SCG in Jan 2015.

4.6
0
Anderson to Vijay, no run, that's a peach, superb away curler, pitched in that channel just outside off, drew Vijay forward and beat him on the outside edge. Vijay was nowhere as he poked at that, lucky not to have edged it
4.5
1
Anderson to Dhawan, 1 run, tad too short and on Dhawan's pads, tucked away behind square on the on-side for a single
4.4
0
Anderson to Dhawan, no run, short of a length and slanting across the left-hander, left alone
4.3
1
Anderson to Vijay, 1 run, on a length and shaping back into the right-hander, Vijay is hurried into the defensive push, squirts an inside edge - behind square on the on-side for a single
4.2
2
Anderson to Vijay, 2 runs, edged and dropped, and it's that man - Malan - once again. He's having a bad match. The perfect awayswinger from Anderson, full and shaping away late, drew Vijay into an expansive drive, got a thick edge, to the right of second slip. Malan was late on the dive, the ball hit his thumb and bursts out
4.1
3
Anderson to Dhawan, 3 runs, lovely, fraction too full and wide of off, Dhawan gets a good stride forward, covers for the shape and drives it in the gap wide of cover, runs hard and comes back for the third run
3.6
0
Broad to Vijay, no run, Broad keeps it full and in that channel outside off, Vijay gets a big stride forward, covers for the movement and lets it go
3.5
0
Broad to Vijay, no run, on a good length and just outside off, Vijay gets a big stride forward and blocks it with a straight bat
3.4
0
Broad to Vijay, no run, short of a length and on the stumps, Vijay presses across and defends it towards mid-on
3.3
1
Broad to Dhawan, byes, 1 run, the late wobble and Bairstow can't stop it cleanly, allows a bye to be stolen. On a good length and shaping away from off, left alone
3.2
0
Broad to Dhawan, no run, fraction fuller from Broad, the length is wide of off, looking to make Dhawan drive, he resists and lets it go
3.1
0
Broad to Dhawan, no run, Broad keeps it full and gets it to shape away from outside off, Dhawan covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go
2.6
0
Anderson to Vijay, no run, on a good length and a hint of shape away from off, Vijay gets behind the line and defends it with a straight bat
2.5
0
Anderson to Vijay, no run, banged in short and angling down the leg-side, Vijay moves across, drops his wrists and sways away from the line
2.4
0
Anderson to Vijay, no run, tad fuller and shaping away from outside off, Vijay leans forward and finds cover with the drive
2.3
0
Anderson to Vijay, no run, floaty delivery outside off, Vijay is searching for swing, Vijay prods across and pushes it towards cover
2.2
0
Anderson to Vijay, no run, on a good length and shaping away from well outside off, Vijay covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go
2.1
1
Anderson to Dhawan, 1 run, very full and swinging into Dhawan's pads, flicked to the left of mid-wicket where Broad makes a tumbling stop - the ball slipped out as he completed the dive, lets Dhawan get across for a single
1.6
0
Broad to Vijay, no run, short of a length and holding its line outside off, defended back at the bowler
1.5
1
Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan is looking positive here, on a good length and just outside off, he plays with soft hands and drops it wide of point, gets across for an easy single
1.4
0
Broad to Dhawan, no run, on a good length and shaping away from outside off, left alone
1.3
4
Broad to Dhawan, FOUR, cracking shot, fraction too full and wide of off, Dhawan leans across, plays with an open face and places it into the gap - wide of point. The fielder in the deep is very square and has no chance
1.2
0
Broad to Dhawan, no run, Broad shortens his length and angles it back at the left-hander, Dhawan was looking to turn it towards the on-side, hit him high on the bat and rolled towards the on-side
1.1
0
Broad to Dhawan, no run, on a good length and shaping away from well outside off, Dhawan watches it all along and lets it go

Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Broad, from round the wicket, two slips and a gully in place

0.6
1
Anderson to Dhawan, 1 run, on a good length and angling across the left-hander, Dhawan leans across, covers the movement, plays with an open face and places it square past point, off the mark with a single
0.5
0
Anderson to Dhawan, no run, shout for LBW, but the ball had pitched outside leg, swung back into the left-hander and beat the inside edge, Dhawan had shuffled across on the flick and missed
0.4
0
Anderson to Dhawan, no run, on a good length and slanting across the left-hander, no carry through for Anderson and the ball bounces on its way to the keeper
0.3
0
Anderson to Dhawan, no run, fuller length delivery and a hint of nip back into the left-hander, Dhawan prods across and gets an inside edge on the drive, back at the bowler
0.2
1
Anderson to Vijay, 1 run, .. and he's into action now, on a good length and shaping away from outside off, Vijay leans across and nudges it behind square on the off-side for a single

Root has already placed third man

0.1
0
Anderson to Vijay, no run, on a good length and just outside off, Vijay gets well forward and defends it towards the off-side

Vijay and Dhawan are at the crease. Vijay is on strike. Anderson will open the attack