Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Alastair Cook out early as England bat first against India

Alastair Cook out early as England bat first against India

They scored 5 and 1* respectively but played a huge part in building a partnership with Kohli. Kohli celebrated reaching the landmark by kissing his wedding ring.

Unstoppable Virat Kohli single-handedly dragged India to 274, just 13 runs behind England's first innings score.

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Kohli was on 97 when No 11 Umesh Yadav walked out to bat, with India 217 for nine in reply to England's first innings 287.

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After scoring just 134 runs in the Test series back in 2014, the India captain surpassed that tally in one innings today with 149.

Early on day 2, Sam Curran's wicket was taken by Mohammed Shammi to end England's innings at 287 runs. He was dropped in the slip cordon by Dawid Malan while batting on 21.

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Ashwin went round the wicket and Root flicked the ball off his hips for Rahul to take another excellent catch at leg-slip. In the morning, Curran had taken three wickets in the space of eight balls to reduce India to 76-3 at lunch.

Stokes then got in on the act after the break as Ajinkya Rahane edged to Keaton Jennings at third slip for 15 and Dinesh Karthik was bowled for nought.

It was the Kohli show from there on as he notched his 17th Test fifty off 100 balls but was dropped twice either side of his fifty.

But one positive for the tourists to grab hold off while they bite into their cucumber sandwiches is the fact that Virat Kohli is still at the crease on 53 not out. English new ball bowlers in Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and first change Sam Curran tried to pitch the ball as full as possible in order to extract some swing. "It's a five-match series and Virat has got off to a flyer with 149 and great players once they get into rhythm, once they get into form and once they get into confidence, they are very hard to stop".

But the introduction of Curran turned the tide in England's favour. It then got even better for England as Curran, who was just four when his bowling partner Anderson started playing for England, had Dhawan (26 )caught behind by Malan.

His nemesis on the previous tour, James Anderson, tested him to the hilt but this time Kohli came out on top.

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