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The story of the third day of the first Test between England and India

Titanitc tussle was enthralling theatre for a near sell-out crowd at Edgbaston.

The outcome of England’s 1,000th Test was on a knife-edge after they and India traded memorable blows on a compelling third day at Edgbaston.

Sam Curran’s maiden Test half-century bailed England out from 87 for seven to a second-innings 180 all out, after Ishant Sharma (five for 51) had taken three wickets in an over either side of lunch.

Then as India set out in pursuit of 194 to go 1-0 up in this Specsavers series, Stuart Broad saw off both openers before the tourists’ lynchpin captain Virat Kohli once more refused to give way in a close-of-play 110 for five.

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Tight series?

If this first instalment is anything to go by, there could still be plenty to play for deep into September at The Oval. There is a significant gap between these two in the world rankings, India at number one and England down at five. So far here, it is looking pretty hard to split them this summer.

Stat of the day

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Ishant Sharma has impressed (Andrew Matthews/PA).

Three in one – Ishant Sharma’s triple strike in the same over was remarkable as England’s middle-order powerhouse of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler vacated the scene en masse.

England have found a player

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Sam Curran has made the right impression with bat and ball (Nick Potts/PA).

In successive days here, Curran has proved he is well up to Test level with bat and ball. At this stage, his ability to swing it back into the right-hander is his most important attribute. But in the course of his maiden Test half-century, in only his third innings from number eight, was pretty impressive too.

What next?

Reconvene 11am Saturday to sort this one out. Don’t be late!

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