Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Virat Kohli century means England pay high price for dropped catches

Virat Kohli century means England pay high price for dropped catches

Indian skipper Virat Kohli's historic Test century against England in the 2nd innings at Edgbaston will probably go down as one of the best he has played.

Root (80) and Jonny Bairstow (70), however, put some fight but some brilliant fielding and bowling from Virat Kohli and Umesh Yadav, respectively, saw the departure of both batsmen.

However, Shikhar Dhawan (26) and Murali Vijay (20) batted sensibly and took India to 50 before Sam Curran (17-74-4) drew first blood, trapping Vijay in front of the wickets.

After restoring parity on day two of the opening Test in Edgbaston thanks to Virat Kohli's stunning century, the visitors will look forward to cut short England's lead on Friday.

England, which started the day by adding just two runs to its overnight 9-285, ended it by closing on 1-9 in its second innings after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Alastair Cook for 0, in a virtual repeat of the opener's first- innings dismissal.

The dipping delivery was identical to that of his wicket ball against Cook on day one of the Test.

India were in bother at 182-8 but Kohli shepherded the strike expertly and led his side to 274 all out, trailing by just 13 on first innings.

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Kohli celebrated the dismissal with a "mic drop" gesture, pretending to drop an imaginary microphone, just as Root had done a month earlier when he clinched the one-day global series with a second successive hundred.

"That century will have given Kohli so much confidence, not just for the rest of this match but for the rest of the series".

But one positive for the tourists to grab hold off while they bite into their cucumber sandwiches is the fact that Virat Kohli is still at the crease on 53 not out.

Jimmy Anderson was on 2 not out.

Earlier, Jos Buttler was taken to hospital after injuring his left middle finger attempting to take an extremely tough chance off Kohli at gully, but an X-ray revealed it was bruised rather than broken. Pacer Mohammed Shami, who started the proceedings along with Ashwin, got Curran (24) caught behind by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. However, the entire scenario changed after Sam Curran was introduced into the attack by Joe Root.

It was a classic captain's knock as he kept his calm while wickets tumbled on the other end and along with the last three batsmen, he added 105 runs to leave the intriguing first Test finely balanced.

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