Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Kohli holds firm in 1st Test thriller after Curran revives England

Kohli holds firm in 1st Test thriller after Curran revives England

"It feels nice to represent your country and come overseas and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one", said Sharma, who credited a spell with English county side Sussex this season for getting him in shape.

With his maiden Test half-century, at once a game and courageous innings that was touched with brilliance at times, Curran breathed life into England's corpse on the third afternoon.

Kohli, who turned it around for India in the first innings with a combative 149, now stands between victory and defeat for the visitors.

KL Rahul (13) did not look too comfortable and was removed by Ben Stokes (1/25).

This is England's 1,000th Test and the first of a five-match series.

Chasing a coveted Test victory on English soil, a nervy India ended the action-packed third day of the first match at a precarious 110 for five, still 84 runs adrift from a tricky 194-run target.

Resuming the second session at 86/6, England could add another 74 runs, thanks to Sam Curran's sensational 63 off 65 deliveries, even as pacer Ishant Sharma (5/51) continued with his fine rhythm to trouble the lower batting order of the hosts.

England began the day on 9-1, lurched to 87-7, and then needed a first test half-century from 20-year-old swing bowler Sam Curran to get to 180 all out. "If we can bowl well and take a couple up top, we will hopefully win".

Ashwin, who also took the wicket of Alastair Cook with the final ball of the second day, had figures of 3-34.

Following scans on Thursday, England have confirmed Jos Buttler did not suffer a fractured finger in the morning session.

Ashwin struck again when England captain Joe Root was well caught low down at leg-slip by Rahul off a genuine glance.

Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan arguably "owed" England a big score after dropping Kohli in the slips on 21 and 51.

Mohammad Azharuddin, one of India's greatest fielders, feels India's lacklustre slip fielding on Thursday in Birmingham was simply a case of not practising enough.

He was eventually last man out on the stroke of tea, caught behind off Umesh Yadav.

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