The story of the second day of the first Test between England and India
England found the going tough against Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli’s masterclass century defied England and dragged India back into the contest on a gripping second day of the first Specsavers Test at Edgbaston.
Sam Curran (four for 74) made a sterling home bid for the headlines, with three wickets in eight balls during a titanic first hour of the afternoon – and England were well-served too by Ben Stokes and James Anderson.
But Kohli (149) was an unstoppable force – after two dropped chances – as he banished memories of his miserable maiden Test tour to this country four years ago – when he averaged 13.4, with a top-score of 39 – as he compiled his 22nd Test century in an India total of 274 which contained no other innings above 26.
Kohli’s one-man show meant a home lead of only 13 after the tourists’ last two wickets added 92 – and when Alastair Cook was bowled for the second day in succession by a Ravi Ashwin off-break, for a duck this time, England reached stumps nine for one second time round.
Tweet of the day
Day to remember for Curran too
The 20-year-old left-armer proved he can be a major weapon if the ball is swinging. One more success would have put him out on his own as the youngest bowler ever to take a five-wicket Test haul for England. In only his second match, Curran’s late movement was a sign of great promise for the future.
Stat of the day
134 – When Kohli went past that figure, he bettered his paltry 2014 tour aggregate on his only previous Test visit to England.
Root’s diplomacy act
England went on to endure a chastening experience. But before start of play their captain Joe Root did this summer’s series a good turn when he made it clear he was not going to be harbouring any grudge against Kohli over the ‘mic-drop’ gesture with which the India captain mocked his opposite number after running him out for 80 here. The Yorkshireman’s round of broadcast interviews to clear the air were most welcome.
As after day one, England need to regroup quickly – having again lost their advantage in the evening session.