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Sam Curran leads England’s fightback against India

India captain Virat Kohli greeted by boos to the wicket after controversial celebration of Joe Root dismissal.

Sam Curran produced a sensational spell of swing bowling as England fought back in the first Specsavers Test against India at Edgbaston.

England added only two runs to their overnight score before being dismissed for 287, and India looked in control as Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan put on 50 for the first wicket.

But Curran struck three times in eight balls before India eventually took lunch at 76 for three.

Vijay was the first to fall for 20 as Curran swung the ball back into his pad and won a leg before review.

England’s Sam Curran celebrates the wicket of India’s Lokesh Rahul at Edgbaston (Nick Potts/PA)

Lokesh Rahul dispatched his first ball to the boundary but dragged his second from Curran on to his stumps.

That brought Virat Kohli to the wicket and the India captain was greeted by a few boos from the Edgbaston crowd after his controversial celebration of Joe Root’s run out on Thursday.

India slipped to 59 for three when Dhawan, having made 26 from 46 balls, was undone by more late Curran swing and Dawid Malan accepted a low chance at second slip.

Adil Rashid was introduced in to the attack just before lunch after his controversial return to Test cricket, the spinner starting with a nervous full toss and his one over costing five runs.

During the lunch interval the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that Jos Buttler had gone to hospital to have an x-ray on his left middle finger. He dived to his left at gully in an attempt to catch Kohli off Anderson but the ball did not quite carry and appeared to clip his fingertip.

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