Kohli keeps alive Indian hopes of gatecrashing England's 1000th test

Grant SmithAug 06, 2018

Asked if he'd felt any nerves in what, personally speaking, had been a nerveless display, Curran responded: "Obviously Jimmy getting that first one of [Dinesh] Karthik, that gave us a bit more confidence, but whilst Kohli was there it was obviously going to be nervous".

In the meantime, and with the second Test against Virat Kohli's India team starting on Thursday, Joe Root's side must perform without their talismanic all-rounder, whose demeanour during the series opener at Edgbaston was described as "golden" by Bayliss after his three wickets on the final morning sealed the 31-run win. There were a couple of moments when we came back. But England were relentless. Our shot selection could have been better. "Definitely, we could have applied ourselves better, but I'm proud of the fight".

"Virat has scored 150 in the last innings", said Ishant. Virat Kohli was holding fort on 43 and seemed to be the biggest hurdle for the hosts as they looked to start the series on a winning note.

Kohli also likes control, which is why he withdrew Ashwin immediately after Curran got after him.

Bayliss also played down fears that such a high-profile case running in parallel to a Test could prove a distraction to his players, and he pointed to the absence of Stokes during the winter Ashes series as guiding this view.

About his first-innings century, Kohli said: "From the team's point of view, the century was probably up there". But it was one I'll fondly remember.

There were other freakish decisions taken by the Team India management on the South African tour. These guys are under no illusions we've got things to work on batting-wise and catching-wise.

Ben Stokes was one of England's stars of their test win over India but will now face court in Bristol charged with affray.

However, Kohli adjusted his technique, playing more on the front foot, in order to negate the moving ball.

Hussain said Curran has won this game for his team and it's a great achievement for the youngster. Pandya played completely opposite to his natural instinct this time around as he hung around with Kohli for a 29-run partnership. Exciting cricketing summer has just begun! Whenever you step onto the field, whatever you feel will come out in no time. Genuinely, I am not trying to snub you, I haven't read anything at all.

"All batters were in trouble - even Kohli, who I don't think was all that comfortable early on (on Saturday)". Ashwin dismissed former England skipper Alastair Cook with a peach of a delivery, which was the ball of the day. I don't dwell much into the way I have bowled, it is in the past as of now, it is important to try and learn from this game and take it to the next game. "What a game", Root said at the post-match press conference.

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