Virat Kohli frustrates England with Edgbaston hundred
Ben Stokes become the eighth Englishman to complete double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.
England moved into a strong position on an enthralling day of Test cricket at Edgbaston despite a century from India skipper Virat Kohli.
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, stopped the visitors’ reply to England’s 287 from falling into disarray.
Kohli led India to 221 for nine with his hundred, banishing painful memories of his 2014 tour of England when he averaged only 13.
It was an excellent individual performance as wickets tumbled regularly around him, although Kohli received two huge slices of luck when Dawid Malan dropped him at second slip on 21 and 51.
India’s slide began as Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls before lunch to remove Shikhar Dhawan (26), Murali Vijay (20) and Lokesh Rahul (four).
Ben Stokes then got in on the act to remove Ajinkya Rahane (15) and Dinesh Karthik (0) to collect his 100th Test wicket.
In doing so, Stokes become the eighth Englishman to complete the double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.
India lost further wickets after tea as James Anderson, like Stokes an unfortunate bowler when Kohli was dropped, picked up the wickets of Ravi Ashwin and Mohammed Shami.
England were frustrated as Kohli farmed the bowling to move to a 22nd Test century.
But Jos Buttler did boost England by returning to the field of play after visiting hospital during the lunch interval to have an X-ray on a damaged left middle finger.