Saturday, 04 August 2018 - 9:46
IND – ENG 1st Test : Virat Kohli holds key


India captain Virat Kohli once more kept England at bay after Sam Curran's maiden Test fifty gave the hosts' hope of an improbable win in the series opener at Edgbaston.
India were 5-110 in their second innings at stumps on the third day, still needing a further 84 runs to reach a victory target of 194 that would put them 1-0 up in a five-match series.
Kohli, whose superb first-innings 149 was the star batsman's maiden Test century in England, was 43 not out and Dinesh Karthik unbeaten on 18.
England's 1,000th Test had threatened to end in an embarrassing defeat with more than two days remaining as they collapsed to 87 for seven in their second innings.
But Curran, in just his second match at this level, struck a dashing 63 to take England to 180 all out.
That left India with a potentially awkward chase. It was also 20 runs more than their highest fourth-innings Test-winning total in England of 6- 174 at The Oval in 1971 during their first victory in a Test on English soil.
The 20-year-old No.8 Curran's impressive batting effort came just a day after the Surrey left-arm swing bowler had taken Test-best figures of 4-74.
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