Stokes claims 100th Test wicket as England make inroads
The 27-year-old became the eighth Englishman to complete double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests.
Ben Stokes claimed his 100th Test wicket as England made major in-roads into the India innings at Edgbaston.
Stokes removed Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik in the space of five balls balls as India struggled to 113 for five in response to England’s 287.
But it should have been even better for England with dangerman Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya dropped in the slip cordon off successive deliveries.
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 Dawid Malan spilled the chance at second slip.
The very next ball saw Stokes find a similar edge from Hardik and Alastair Cook dropped a straightforward opportunity at first slip.
Stokes also saw a successful leg before appeal against Hardik overturned on review, his excellent spell seeing him become the eighth Englishman to complete the double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.
Kohli was unbeaten on 24 and Hardik on 10 after India openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan had put on 50 for the first wicket before lunch.
But Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls to remove Dhawan (26), Vijay (20) and Lokesh Rahul (four) to start India’s wobble.
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.