Brilliant Kohli rides luck to save India

03 August, 2018, 15:32 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Alastair Cook is bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin for 13

"I'm not sure, this could come second to me, 2014 Adelaide still remains very special to me, because it was second innings and we were chasing a target", Kohli who scored 149 and helped India post 274 at the end of their first innings, said. His huge celebration when he ran out England captain Joe Root on the opening day was a sign of how determined he is to succeed in these conditions. India needed just 10 balls to wrap up the hosts' first innings - Sam Curran falling for his overnight 24 after edging Mohammad Shami to wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik, to leave England all out for 287.

It was the second time in the match that Ashwin had dismissed Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, this way.

Kohli swooped on the ball and beat Root's dive at the non-striker's end with a pinpoint shy, before mimicking Root's own actions in the decisive ODI at Headingley last month, when he marked his series-winning century with a rapper-style "mic-drop" of his bat.

India had got off to a solid start in the morning as openers Murali Vijay and Dhawan chalked up a half-century partnership but the visitors were then rocked by three swift strikes by left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran.

Root tried to steal a second run off Ravichandran Ashwin but Kohli ran quickly, picked up the ball and threw it in one swift motion to knock down the stumps with a direct hit.

Ben Stokes could not continue to convert his start into a big inning as he handed over a simple catch to Ashwin on his bowling.

English cricket team lost their five batsmen while adding just 67 runs to the total of 216 for four wickets.

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Curran, playing in his only second test, dismissed Vijay, Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul in the space of nine runs.

- Virat Kohli (@Virat_Cricinfo) August 2, 2018Looking at the ball, no surprise, no cloud= no wickets for the Cloud Brothers.

Stokes, introduced after lunch, showed why he is such an important part of this England side with an aggressive spell.

Though India limped to 76 for three at lunch, the post-lunch session bought no respite with all rounder Stokes picking up two wickets to reduce the visitors to 100-5.

The one disappointment for Kohli was being unable to take a small lead, which became his new target as India advanced towards the England total.

Virat Kohli just took 124 innings to score 7,000 internationals runs, the previous record holder Lara om the other hand took 164 innings to reach the same feat.

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