India limp to 76 for three after Curran strikes

India limp to 76 for three after Curran strikes

Left-arm seamer Sam Curran rocked the Indian top order with triple blow leaving the visitors reeling on 76 for three at lunch on the second day of the first Test.

Viray Kohli was unbeaten on 9 and Ajinkya Rahane was 8 not out as they sought to fix the damage.

At tea, India were 160 for six in reply to England's first innings 287, a deficit of 127 runs. Murali Vijay (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) provided a solid platform as they repelled the new ball pairing of Anderson and Stuart Broad (0-40) for nearly an hour. In five Tests on his first tour of England four years ago, Kohli had made 134 runs at the miserable average of 13.4 He put behind all the doubts about his mastering the English conditions in which the ball moves around as if with a will of its own and made more runs in this one innings than in the previous 10. It didn't help matters that England lost an early review as Anderson's loud appeal was turned down, with DRS ruling in favour of the umpire's decision.

Curran hit the flawless length as first-change bowler and immediately trapped Vijay leg before in the 14th over.

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Left-hander Dhawan, fortunate to see an edged drive off Curran fly past third slip Keaton Jennings, had no such luck when, on 26, he nicked a well-directed Curran outswinger to Dawid Malan at second slip. Stokes was then unlucky again, as Malan put down Kohli on 51 again at second slip, albeit this was a tougher chance. Umpire Aleem Dar turned it down, but DRS overturned the decision as England finally got their breakthrough. It brought out skipper Kohli, who was booed on his walk to the crease.

Two balls later Curran dismissed KL Rahul for four via the batsman's ugly flat-bat drag-on.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who ended the day with four wickets, inflicting the bulk of the damage for the visitors.

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