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Virat Kohli celebrates Joe Root's dismissal with a mic-drop gesture

02 Août 2018

Virat Kohli scored his first Test century in England to drag India back into contention in the opening match at Edgbaston. Here's how they got on against the upbeat Indians.

If India are to be competitive in this series Rahane must deal with Broad better. As for India, their last series win in England came more than a decade ago, in 2007 under Rahul Dravid.

Virat Kohli hit a memorable first Test hundred in England on day two of the first Test but four wickets from Sam Curran helped the hosts earn a 13-run first innings lead. Ishant Sharma (5) added 35 with his skipper running those cheeky singles while Umesh Yadav (1) blocked 15 deliveries only to find his skipper cut loose at the other end. That still left the tourists 70 runs behind.

Until then England had seemed in control with Tykes pair Root and Jonny Bairstow fittingly marking Yorkshire Day by putting on 104 for the fourth wicket.

The England skipper, Joe Root was the top scorer of England as he scored a flamboyant knock of 80.

But India struck further post-lunch blows with Keaton Jennings' resistance ending on 42, the opener unluckily seeing a ball from Mohammed Shami rolling back on to his stump. He failed pick to Rashid's googly and was plumb in front, handing the leg-spinner his first wicket since his contentious Test recall. Back in 2014 when India toured the nation, Kohli could only manage 134 runs in five matches at an abysmal average of 13.40. It was the all-rounder's 100th Test wicket and evidence, if any were needed, of just what an exciting talent he is.

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.

In their second innings, England lost Alastair Cook to the day's final ball as they closed on 9-1.

Asked if England were disappointed with their close-of-play score, Jennings said: "Yes and no". Serves this outside off, it moves away, Curran flirts with it and gets an edge which Karthik doesn't drop.

That set up the tourists to put yet more pressure on Root and Co.by making early headway into England's below-par total.

"It's good to have those little moments within things". Dhawan and Murali Vijay (20) did the hardwork of seeing off the new ball with a 50-run stand but it all went awry after that.

Ashwin was also honest enough to point out that "bad habits" had crept into his bowling action previously, despite getting a bagful of wickets at home.

Booed by the crowd when he came out to bat, Kohli left to applause from the England fielders and fans alike.

Virat Kohli celebrates Joe Root's dismissal with a mic-drop gesture