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Curran's golden spell is spoilt by dropped catches as Kohli cashes in


On a high: Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls
On a high: Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls

By David Clough

Virat Kohli's brilliant century was an "eye-opener" to Sam Curran on the day the young England left-armer proved he too has the ability to be a match-winner in Test cricket.

Curran (4-74) took three wickets in eight balls at one stage, but Kohli's, crucially, was not among them as the India captain instead hit 149 to drag India right back into contention in the first Specsavers Test at Edgbaston.

The tourists recovered from 100-5, and then 182-8, to make 274 all out to concede a lead of only 13 runs to England, who then stumbled to 9-1 after losing Alastair Cook to the last ball of day two.

England's 20-year-old seamer understandably had mixed feelings in just his second Test.

"Credit to a great innings there," he said. "That's what Test cricket is about, you play against the best players.

"I'm only in my second game, but I think it was a little eye-opener for me, watching the way he bats and how precise you've got to be with your lengths (to him)."

As for his own performance, Curran said: "Personally, it was a pretty special day for me with the ball.

"Coming on and taking a few early wickets, I can't really remember it, it was so unreal. Obviously, it's massive for me.

"In my first Test a couple of months ago against Pakistan, I was probably a little bit nervous.

"To get some wickets here, I felt like I was running in at The Oval for Surrey - I forgot about what I'm actually doing, and just stuck to what I'm good at."

England dropped Kohli twicein the slips, on 21 and 51, "but you can't dwell on those things too much, especially in a game like this, because there's going to be another chance coming at you straightaway," added Curran who is just delighted to find himself in the thick of such a gripping match.

"Everyone (here today) got what they paid for, it's going to be a great Test," he said.

"We've just got to bat big tomorrow, get as many runs as possible and put pressure on India."

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