Sam Curran leads England’s fightback against India

Sam Curran leads England’s fightback against India

"That's what Test cricket is about, I'm only in my second game but it was an eye-opener".

India were eventually bowled out for 274, giving England a slender lead of 13 runs though that could be crucial under these conditions.

When it comes to Edgbaston, India have no dearth of painful associated memories as far as Test cricket is concerned.

India's last two wickets added 92 runs before Kohli was finally last man out after he misjudged leg spinner Adil Rashid's delivery and was caught by Stuart Broad at point.

However, Root, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, steered the home side away from danger as they partnered a 100-run stand between them to shift the momentum and the control of the match back England's way.

The second session started as the first had ended, with a wicket. England will doubtless be the happier of the two teams trundling off for tea, the hosts took three wickets - two for Ben Stokes and one more for Sam Curran - to leave India struggling to reach the hosts' below-par first innings total of 285.




To put Root s achievement into perspective, Donald Bradman remains the quickest batsman to 6,000 Test runs in terms of innings, the Australia great needing just 68 knocks to achieve the feat. It is a manifesto of what they are going to achieve, by bending opponents to their will; and, unlike politicians, they usually adhere to it. Kohli announced that he can score red-ball runs in England in spite of James Anderson's stated belief. "I suppose it's pretty disappointing for him personally not to go on and get a really big score", he said. Murali Vijay (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) provided a solid platform as they repelled the new ball pairing of Anderson and Stuart Broad (0-40) for nearly an hour.

"Having batted with him today, he's taught me a hell of a lot - which is awesome, just to watch a master at his work".

But first-change Curran made it 50 for one in the 14th over when Vijay was lbw on review after missing a well-pitched-up inswinger.

Cook's opening partner Keaton Jennings had been dropped on nine off Ishant Sharma at fourth slip, by Ajinkya Rahane diving in front of his captain Virat Kohli at third.

Booed by the crowd when he came out to bat, Kohli left to applause from the England fielders and fans alike.

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