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Virat Kohli century means England pay high price for dropped catches

Virat Kohli century means England pay high price for dropped catches

Alastair Cook was dismissed with identical balls from Ravi Ashwin.

Kohli kissed his wedding ring which was tied to a necklace he was wearing and signalled towards the crowd.

England were 285 for nine after winning the toss at stumps on the first day of the first Test against India at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Curran was the unexpected star of the day for England. But the last wicket - Anderson and Curran - somehow managed to survive the day without losing their wickets.

After that, there was no looking back for the India bowlers as they kept on taking wickets at regular intervals.

India's captain Virat Kohli. He was patient and treated the bowlers with great respect.

Kohli's struggles during India's last tour here in 2014 have been well documented but he made the ideal start to this series, making 149 with 23 boundaries. "The point that needs to be noted is that Kohli spends as much time working on his cricketing skills as he does on improving his fitness".

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It's a pretty cool feeling for me to be playing with my heroes - Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad - and, running into bowl to a guy like Kohli.

Just before tea, Sam Curran took his fourth wicket of the innings by trapping Hardik Pandya lbw for 22. James Anderson showed why he was one of the best in the world, consistently hitting the right areas to never let Kohli off the hook.

He was unable to comprehend Stokes' away swing and finally edged to third slip in the 27th over. But Kohli overcame them all. He continued to leave and defend the good balls. "You want to try and pinch as many runs as possible". But the most effective support came from NOs 10 and 11. Anderson had found rewards for his hardwork just then.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets for 60 runs in 25 overs while paceman Mohammed Shami had two for 64 in 19. India scored 274 runs before getting bowled out in which 149 runs were contributed by Virat Kohli and the 2nd highest scorer was Shikhar Dhawan (26). Inside out cover drives, full blooded pulls, flicks and cuts all came into play as India cut down their deficit to less than fifty.

However, Kohli enjoyed quite a bit of luck during his knock.

Root, on 80 at the time, had been dominating India's bowling in a century partnership with his fellow Yorkshireman, Jonny Bairstow, when he fatefully responded to Bairstow's call for a second run to midwicket in the first hour of the final session. He did exactly that.

Root did at least bag one notable career milestone, displacing Alastair Cook as his country's quickest to 6,000 Test runs when he reached 40.


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