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England can outfox red-hot Kohli and seal opening Test victory, says Anderson

By David Clough

James Anderson still believes he can get Virat Kohli out to win the titanic Edgbaston Test for England - because even the India captain is not invincible.

Kohli has looked just that at times over the past two days, and was still unbeaten on 43 at stumps on day three as he again proved England's stumbling block.

Anderson would have had him for just 21 in his first-innings 149, though, if Dawid Malan had held a regulation slip catch - and England's all-time leading wicket-taker is keeping the faith he can get his man before India make the 84 runs they need to win here after reaching 110 for five.

Asked if it will be a case of dismissing Kohli on the fourth morning, or going 1-0 down in this Specsavers series, Anderson said: "More than likely, yes.

"We've just got to give it everything we've got in the morning for the first 15-20 overs - leave absolutely nothing out there.

"It's a really exciting place to be, because you know we could do something special tomorrow by winning this - such a close Test match. So we'll go to bed dreaming about getting Kohli out first thing."

Anderson insists it is reality, not fantasy, that he can stop Kohli.

"I've been encouraged by the way I've bowled at him in this game so far, I've found the edge a few times in the first innings - and on another day I could have got him for 20, and then we're not talking about how brilliant he is.

"You can't drop Virat Kohli on 21, because he's one of the best players in the world, and he'll capitalise on that - which he did.

"But we've just got to go away and know we can get him.

"No-one is invincible in world cricket. We can get him out, and we'll be trying to do that in the morning."

England are still in with a chance largely thanks to the all-round contribution of 20-year-old Sam Curran - who followed his first-innings four-wicket haul with a maiden Test half-century to inspire the recovery second time round from 87 for seven to 180 all out.

Asked if he can believe how quickly Curran has risen to the challenge in just his second Test, Anderson said: "I can believe it, yes, because he's a really impressive lad.

"I remember me as a 20-year-old, and I didn't know what was going on... I was in awe of everyone.

"But he knows exactly what he's doing, how to set batsmen up, and we saw he has talent with the bat as well.

"He's obviously got a little bit of fight in him as well - to go out in that situation and show the guts and determination he did to get the team back into the match, when it looked like we were down and out, I thought it was brilliant to see from such a young guy."

Ishant Sharma put England in trouble with three wickets in an over either side of lunch, on his way to figures of five for 51.

He may need to add some tailend runs too to get his team over the line, and is confident - after a half-century already for Sussex this season - that he can do so.

"The good thing is I have scored 50 in county cricket, so I am just carrying that confidence in my batting," said Ishant.

"I hope they don't need me, and Virat and Dinesh (Karthik) will do the job.

"Virat has scored 150 in the last innings. Cricket is such a game that you can chase down small totals easily with one big partnership.

"He is someone who always gives you positive energy and that is a big thing as captain. He always wants to do something special for team India."

Kohli holds the key for India and, while Curran accepted his wicket is vital, he added: "We need to get four wickets at the other end as well. I think we bowled well again to him."

Curran's half-century added to a superb spell of bowling in the first innings, and he added the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane to end the day with one for 17.

"It's been a special day," he said. "I had goosebumps down there in front of the fans when they were singing 'Barmy Army'.

"A couple of early ones tomorrow and both teams will be a bit nervous. We are trying to get everyone out. It will be a crucial first hour tomorrow."

Scores: England 287 (Root 80, Ashwin 4-62) & 180 (Curran 63, Ishant 5-51); India 274 (Kohli 149, Curran 4-74) & 110-5 (Kohli 43 not out)

India need another 84 runs to win.

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