Friday, 17 August, 2018

Brilliant Kohli rides luck to save India

Broad has struggled with an ankle injury since the Test series against Pakistan Broad has struggled with an ankle injury since the Test series against PakistanPA
Sergio Cook | 03 August, 2018, 17:58

Whatever happens in this game they've allowed Virat Kohli to go on and get 149. When he reached the milestone, Kohli kissed his wedding ring and dedicated the century to his wife Anushka Sharma, who was watching from the stands.

Virat Kohli single-handedly kept India in the first Test with his maiden hundred in England but the captain would still rate the memorable knock second to his 141 in a lost run-chase against Australia in Adelaide nearly four years ago.

With England's pace bowlers running through India's much vaunted top order to leave them reeling on 100-5, it was left to captain Kohli to string together a series of partnerships as he seemed to be on a one-man mission to overhaul England's first innings total of 287.

Kohli came into the series with huge questions marks about his ability to score in England - he averaged just 13.40 on India's last tour of England in 2014.

The England skipper was short of his ground following a marvellous piece of athleticism from Kohli, who collected the ball, turned and threw down the stumps in one motion.

India captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 53 after Dawid Malan twice dropped him at second slip. Consequently, he hesitantly poked at balls that were missing the wickets and then fenced Stokes' quickest delivery to third slip in a panic.

The day began with India just one wicket away from cleaning up England.

Broad plays the first ball towards deep point for a single. India scored 274 runs before getting bowled out in which 149 runs were contributed by Virat Kohli and the 2nd highest scorer was Shikhar Dhawan (26).

On Thursday, Indian cricket fans witnessed an excellent hundred from skipper Virat Kohli against England in the 1st Test Match at Edgbaston.

In a gripping hour after lunch, England all-rounder Ben Stokes took the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (15) and Dinesh Karthik (0) in consecutive overs.

Two balls later Curran dismissed KL Rahul via a flat-bat drag-on.

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

It was nearly an easy-going partnership for the opening duo as they brought up 50 off just 70 balls before the drama began.

Anderson was rewarded for his efforts with 2-41 while Adil Rashid, brought on to bowl at the tail, trapped Ishant Sharma lbw before dismissing Kohli to finish for 2-31.

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