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!!
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, 199916 v Pak, Bengaluru, 198716 v Aus, Brisbane, 197731 v Eng, Edgbaston, 2018*
Scoring 50+ in each innings where no one else went past 49 (India):D Vengsarkar 61 & 102* v Eng, Leeds, 1986S Tendulkar 116 & 52 v Aus, MCG, 1999S Tendulkar 76 & 65 v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2001R Dravid 81 & 68 v WI, Kingston, 2006MS Dhoni 77 & 74 v Eng, Edgbaston, 2011V KOHLI 149 & 51 v Eng, Edgbaston, 2018
Lowest targets failed to chase down by India:120 vs WI, Bridgetown, 1997176 vs SL, Galle, 2015194 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, 201843.71 S Gavaskar (344/787) v WI, POS, 197142.34 VVS Laxman (174/411) v Aus, SCG, 200041.97 V Sehwag (251/598) v SL, Galle, 200841.76 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 Dravid6 S Tendulkar / V Kohli
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.
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.
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
One ball again for Umesh to survive. Slip, silly point and short leg in
The field stays back
Only slip and a short leg. The rest on the fence
Will Root gamble with Rashid? Against Hardik Pandya? Let's see. Yes it is Rash
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
The field is spread out still
Silly point in now
Hardik Pandya has a word with Yadav
Still a slip and a short leg. Four in on the off-side
Kohli is seen sitting watching from the viewing area. Another chat between Root and Stokes
Root, Stokes and Buttler have a chat. Field placings. Mid-off, mid-on, mid-wicket and cover all in now
The field is spread out
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
Adil Rashid to Ishant, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Slip and a short leg
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.
Pretty sure that Stokes will bowl the big hooping inswinger and target Ishant's pads
Still no third man
The fourth time Bairstow has had five dismissals in an innings.
Look at the Barmy Army go. They are singing their throats to death!
Two slips and a fourth slip
Is that a good single? Only time will tell
Sam Curran [5.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
Ishant Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Stokes to Shami, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mohammed Shami, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Stokes to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Ben Stokes [10.0-1-25-1] is back into the attack
12 runs in the last 7 balls. All boundaries
Now Anderson and Broad have a chat. Maybe a change of plan. Still deep square stays
Most runs in a Test by a Indian captain in England:212 MAK Pataudi (64 & 148), Leeds, 1967200 V KOHLI (149 & 51*) this Test **190 M Azharuddin (179 & 11), Manchester, 1990167 S Ganguly (68 & 99),Trent Bridge, 2002
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.
Broad is the man to try a short ball against Hardik Pandya. Has the pace
Immense and unbelievable pressure on Kohli here
Kohli walks up to Hardik Pandya to have a word. This is a tense Test. Everyone are feeling it
Six overs since start of play and Kohli has just faced 7 balls. 7!
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
Hardik Pandya is batting outside the crease
Stuart Broad [9.0-1-29-2] is back into the attack
Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Anderson to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Loud shout for LBW and England will not review
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, 1902198 89/5 -> 287/9 SA v Eng, Joburg, 1906180 95/5 -> 275/8 Aus v Eng, SCG, 1907163 99/5 -> 262/9 Pak v Ban, Multan, 2003141 74/5 -> 215/6 NZ v Ind, Wellington, 1998140 76/5 -> 216/9 Ind v Aus, Mohali, 2010129 92/5 -> 221/7 Eng v SA, Joburg, 1910114 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?
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.
A short leg and a leg-slip. Stokes goes round the wicket
Should be the final over, unless Stokes can do a Jadeja.
Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
- First partnership this innings that lasted 50+ balls
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.
Meanwhile this is India's joint highest partnership in this innings.
Kohli in 2014: 288 balls across 10 inningsKohli in 2018: 289* balls within the first Test
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.
The equation: 107 runs | Five wickets | Two days
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Anderson to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Stokes [3.0-0-8-1] is back into the attack
Surprise, surprise, surprise.
Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Sam Curran to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Four slips, without anybody at third.
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!
James Anderson [6.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack
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.
Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Stokes to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Kohli is standing outside the crease like he did in the first innings - a ploy to counter the swinging ball.
Four slips for Kohli, he's back facing Anderson
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
Broad to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
A direct hit and we have a review for a run-out, but Rahul is safely home
Two slips and a gully for Rahul, Edgbaston has found its voice..
Lokesh Rahul, right handed bat, comes to the crease
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'
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.
Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Broad, from round the wicket, two slips and a gully in place
Root has already placed third man
Vijay and Dhawan are at the crease. Vijay is on strike. Anderson will open the attack