Sam Curran leads England's fightback against India

Sam Curran leads England's fightback against India

After a first day which saw Joe Root win the toss and elect to bat but witness England finish at stumps on 285 for nine, the hosts were looking to perform much better on day two at Edgbaston.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli bats during the second day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

The India captain reminded everyone why he, when on song, is the best batsman in the world.

Since there on, Indian skipper never looked back.

Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Vijay, 13.4), 2-54 (Rahul, 13.6), 3-59 (Dhawan, 15.5), 4-100 (Rahane, 27.4), 5-100 (Karthik, 29.2), 6-148 (Pandya, 45.6), 7-169 (Ashwin, 50.3), 8-182 (Shami, 54.1), 9-217 (Ishant, 63.4).

The fifth wicket took a while coming for Ishant. He was short, left-arm and skiddy, and scored a few runs in the lower-middle order.

It was Kohli at his most brilliant and daring, when he departed for 149, caught at cover off the bowling of Rashid, he had got India to only 13 runs behind England's total, and scored over half his side's runs. And that's what we've got to take into today. The first should have been taken, the second could have been.

When the stumps were drawn, India were reeling at 110/5, requiring another 84 runs to win the game with Virat Kohli (43*) and Dinesh Karthik (18)* still at the crease.

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It was Dawid Malan, who spoiled a straightforward chance at second slip when Virat Kohli was batting on just 21. As if to add insult to injury the very next ball Stokes drew an edge from Hardik Panda and Alastair Cook put the ball down at first slip.

For India it was Umesh Yadav who scalped wicket of Abdul Rashid and Curran.

Kohli swooped on the ball and beat Root's dive at the non-striker's end with a pinpoint shy, before mimicking Root's own actions in the decisive ODI at Headingley last month, when he marked his series-winning century with a rapper-style "mic-drop" of his bat.

In fact, his total beat the combined scores in his 10 previous innings in England from India's tour in 2014. "The good thing was I had overs behind me".

England desperately required early wickets and Stuart Broad obliged by removing openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan to leave India 22 for two.

You have to give credits to the selectors for picking Sam Curran in the first place - then for sticking him with after a quiet debut against Pakistan at Headingley.

There are not many days, said national selector Ed Smith when discussing his deliberations before this Test, that Sam Curran does not have an impact upon a game of cricket.

However, it was Curran who put a courageous fight and stood firm at one end despite English batting kept tumbling, Curran forged 48 run partnership with Rashid for their 8th wicket partnersip and then in similar fashion further added 41 runs with Broad for 9th wicket.

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