Couple of more pulls yeilds no run. Dinesh Karthik has played 30 deliveries now and will try to make the most of this golden opportunity. It brought out Kohli who was booed on his walk to the crease. As a result, it has been a lot of defensive shots and the Indian bowlers are no where close to providing a breakthrough. The ball darts back in and straps him on his fingers on the handle. So, it remains to be seen whether India manages to score a victory against England and square the series this time around.
Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik have built a small partnership of 25 runs. Ishant Sharma's angling in delivery disrupted the English line-up. Ajinkya Rahane's poor form continues, throws his bat at an off stump ball and the ball takes an inside edge low to keeper Bairstow. England held their nerves to come back into the match and beat India by 31 runs. The rest of the Indian batsmen succumbed to pace but Skipper Kohli survived the probing England bowlers to hit his 22nd Test century and his first in England. Stuart Broad takes the final wicket.
They are 36 runs away. Ben Stokes traps Kohli plumb on the front, Kohli walks across in an attempt to play it down the leg side but misses it completely. Get highlights of Day 1 of the first Test here. He has played so much red ball cricket in England, finally been rewarded. He fittingly remained unbeaten till the very end and also led the team out after the day's play with his mate applauding in the backdrop.
India have won three Test series in England — 1971, 1986 and 2007. Hardik Pandya is in at number eight. Kohli has already used all five of his specialist bowlers and they need a wicket quickly! Kohli's 149, which will rank amongst one of the finest tons by an Indian batsman on English soil, enabled the visitors to reach 274 thereby bringing down the first innings deficit to only 13 runs. Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul have their eye in the middle and patiently batted past Anderson-Broad spell. India need 42 runs to win. Broad slips one down the leg side as Pujara is unable to flick it.
Adil Rashid and Sam Curran are flashing edges to the boundary lines and England will be happy to take these valuable runs. England 98 for the loss of 2 wickets. He does two things when he is unsure: either shoulder arms or go for a loose drive, as he did in the series in South Africa. Root and Anderson quickly left after the event. It is not going to be easy for India but two good partnerships could do the trick for the visitors.
Kohli is as always animated. The ball fell way short of Kohli who gave it his best. It was almost an easy-going partnership for the opening duo as they brought up 50 off just 70 balls before the drama began. Kohli, the No 2 ranked Test batsman, enters the series looking to underline his class and form, and win the battle against ageing England pace bowler James Anderson. There were a couple of deliveries that had both the right amount of spin and bounce but the England batsmen were able to play them out.
It came in 1971 when Ajit Wadekar-led Indian team beat England by 4 wickets in the third Test. Curran ends the over with one down the leg side for a dot. He has lifted the lead to 180 runs with a 54-ball 50. Finally, he was the last man out trying to cut Adil Rashid and got a standing ovation from the crowd. Always lovely to see someone like Pujara, who doesn't always takes the limelight and does the hardwork, but today it should be all about him England openers negated the four overs before close of play. He denied the third run, but completes his 18th century. The Indian batsmen failed, can the tail stage an upset here? It is not going to be easy for India but two good partnerships could do the trick for the visitors.
India have a great opportunity to wrap the English side under 200 runs. Rashid strikes, he dismissed Ishant lbw in the first over and there is a loud appeal yet again. India bowled brilliantly to restrict England to 180. Jennings and Malan just faced it. The Indian bowlers were brilliant throughout the day. Pujara is unable to get bat on ball. A healthy breather for the Indian bowlers, they will start fresh now and look to take the remaining 3 wickets.
On the other hand, Root and Jennings have stitched together a 50-run partnership. He struggled in the early summer playing for Yorkshire and fell cheaply in both innings of the warm-up game against Essex. Kohli, the No 2 ranked Test batsman, enters the series looking to underline his class and form, and win the battle against ageing England pace bowler James Anderson. Seemed like a lot more Indian fans coming in today and what a thrilling end to the match we are set to have. On the other hand he smashed Test ton v Bangladesh and Afghanistan in 1 match each.