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

Sparks fly Curran
enjoys the wicket of
Shikhar Dhawan

Sam Curran stuns India but brilliant Kohli hits back by Dave Filmer Published

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.

Adil Rashid was introduced in to the attack just before lunch after his controversial return to Test cricket, the spinner starting with a nervous full toss and his one over costing five runs.

On 97, Stokes dropped short and Kohli leaned back to punch the ball through point for four, before letting out a loud roar in celebration.

The innings gave India a solid advantage in the first innings and with Indian bowlers performing well, England were beaten by an innings and 36 runs.

It was a miserable passage of play for England in the hour after tea, on a day when they had long seemed sure to vindicate Root's decision to bat first on a pitch of even pace and true bounce.

England were powerless to stop Kohli, although he was twice dropped in the slips - on 21 and 51.

The rest of India's batting line-up failed, however, and the tourists were bowled out for 274 in reply to England's 287 as Sam Curran, the 20-year-old from Surrey, took four wickets.

Kohli said his main aim here was to take the total as close to England's 287 as possible. I thought it was quite amusing.

Roaring back Kohli celebrates his brilliant hundred for India
Roaring back Kohli celebrates his brilliant hundred for India

Two more Indian batsmen departed, with Ben Stokes taking the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (15) and Dinesh Karthik (0) in consecutive overs, but Kohli just about survived.

Curran, playing in his only second test, dismissed Vijay, Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul in the space of nine runs.

The Indian Captain forged a partnership with Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav and helped India add 105 more runs before being dismissed.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday became the fastest batter to reach the milestone of 7,000 runs in worldwide cricket as captain, surpassing West Indies great Brian Lara. He did not fish too much with deliveries outside the off stump as the fans were treated to a great contest between Jimmy Anderson (22-41-2) and Kohli.

Curran is an exceptionally promising all-rounder but he was certainly not guaranteed a place in the XI and may not have featured if England had more faith in the fitness of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.

He went to hospital during the lunch interval for an X-ray on his left middle finger, which he injured while fielding.

"We still bowled them out below our total so that's a huge positive".

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