Sam Curran rips through India but Virat Kohli remains after costly drops


Virat Kohli single-handedly battled against the England bowlers in harsh conditions and scored a scintillating century on the second day of play of the first Tests.

The India captain blew his opposite number a kiss, put his finger to his mouth, appeared to summon some choice words - and also reminded Root of his own "mic-drop" gesture after his second successive century had clinched the one-day global series for England.

He was the last man to be dismmised and ended with 149 off 255 deliveries.

"If we can come out and be pretty relentless in the way we go about hitting our areas, at some point, you don't actually know what a good score is until both sides have batted", Jennings said.

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But Bairstow soon dragged on Umesh Yadav for 70 and, after the earlier departures of Alastair Cook (13), Keaton Jennings (42) and Dawid Malan (8), England were suddenly wobbling.

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. He'd averaged under 14 the last time India toured England for a Test series.

Anderson bowled tidily in the morning but did not break through until late on, when he bowled Ashwin and had Mohammed Shami edging a drive to Malan.

England's Sam Curran took three wickets in quick succession as India suffered a dramatic top-order collapse in the first Test at Edgbaston on Thursday. It helped that Anderson and Broad bowled fuller early in their spells and didn't get the ball to move around as much as the Indian pacers did on day one.

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English cricket team reached a milestone on 1 August becoming the first team to play their 1,000th Test match in the 142-year history of Test cricket.

But Curran struck three times in eight balls before India eventually took lunch at 76 for three.

Gundappa Viswanath (1880), Dilip Vengsarkar (1589), Kapil Dev (1355), Mohammad Azharuddin (1278), Vijay Manjrekar (1181), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1157), Farokh Engineer (1113), Cheteshwar Pujara (1061) and Ravi Shastri (1026) are the Indian batsmen who have scored 1000-plus runs against England. He has managed to better that tally in just the first innings of the series.

Vijay was the first to fall for 20 as Curran swung the ball back into his pad and won a leg before review.

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