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Sam Curran rips through India but Virat Kohli remains after costly drops

India captain Kohli was dropped twice during his unbeaten 53.

Sam Curran was England’s hero at Edgbaston on a day when Ben Stokes claimed his 100th Test wicket.

Replying to England’s 287, India struggled to 160 for six at tea in the first Specsavers Test as 20-year-old Curran took four wickets for 38 from 10 overs.

Curran took three wickets in eight balls before lunch to remove Shikhar Dhawan (26), Murali Vijay (20) and Lokesh Rahul (four) in an outstanding display of swing bowling.

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.

In doing so, Stokes become the eighth Englishman to complete the double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.

India captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 53 after Dawid Malan twice dropped him at second slip.

Kohli, whose arrival at the wicket had been greeted by some boos from the Edgbaston crowd after his controversial celebration of Joe Root’s run out on Thursday, was on 21 when James Anderson found the edge and Malan spilled him.

He had moved to 51 when Malan failed to hold on to a sharper chance from Stokes.

Jos Buttler, meanwhile, was back at the ground after the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that he had gone to hospital during the lunch interval to have an X-ray on his left middle finger.

Buttler was injured diving to his left at gully in an attempt to catch Kohli off Anderson, the ball appearing to clip his fingertip, though in a boost for England he was cleared of any major damage.

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