England v India in a nutshell: All you need to know from day two at Edgbaston


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England earned a first-innings lead on day two of the first Test – but it was India’s Virat Kohli who stole the headlines…


The Report

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, writes Sam Drury at Edgbaston.

Kohli, who was dropped on 21 and 51 by Dawid Malan, single-handedly kept India in contention before he was eventually dismissed by Adil Rashid for 149 as India were bowled out for 274.

Moment of the Day

Of all the cricketers in world cricket that you don’t want to drop, Virat Kohli would be top of the list – and Dawid Malan made the error twice. The easier of the two chances (by far) came when India’s skipper had just 21 to his name after Kohli’s nemesis of recent years, Anderson, found the edge. In truth, it was a routine grab and Malan fumbled very much to England’s cost.

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Sticking with Kohli – ahead of this knock his conversion rate for fifties to hundreds was 57 per cent – second only to Don Bradman (69 per cent).

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England have never had a left-arm seam bowler who has taken 100 Test wickets. Could Sam Curran go on to become the first? At 20 years old, time is definitely on his side and his 4-74 showed immense promise. For the record, Bill Voce leads the lefties’ list with 98 scalps at 28.

Talking Point

Why didn’t Stuart Broad bowl more overs? With Ben Stokes clearly out-on-his-feet and James Anderson with 22 overs to his name, Broad had but 10 overs under his belt. “England are making some tired decisions out there,” commented Nasser Hussain as Kohli and Umesh chipped away at England’s first innings total.

What they said

MICHAEL HOLDING: “When I was in South Africa over the English winter, Virat Kohli was down there and got a lot of runs for India. I was asked a question by an Indian journalist, what do I think of Virat Kohli? I responded to him ‘I think he’s a very, very good player’. He said: ‘Not great?’. ‘When he gets runs in England, I’ll put him in that category.’ I then went on to say I had no doubt that he would – he’s just too good a player not to get runs wherever he plays.”

MICHAEL ATHERTON: “The very best players are very difficult to shut down so if you give them a life like that, then eventually they can take the game away from you. England have missed their chances in this game – both on the first day and clearly with that Kohli chance on 21. That said, it’s a great game with two days gone.”

SAM CURRAN: “I was a lot less nervous in this game. I feel like I am learning every day – there are some serious names around me helping me. Luckily a few swung and I got a few wickets! I have been working on making sure my wrist position is strong and letting the ball do the talking.”

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