Virat Kohli and tail frustrated us, says Sam Curran

Ruben Holloway
August 3, 2018

Last night, ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a magical delivery to again get the priced scalp of seasoned opener Alastair Cook, leaving England at 9-1 at stumps.

His nemesis on the previous tour, James Anderson, tested him to the hilt but this time Kohli came out on top.

It was not an easy start for Kohli.

18- Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan looked promising and not only kept the England bowlers at bay but also got off the blocks rapidly and when they put together 50 runs for the first wicket, it came after 18 innings after Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir put on 63 in the first innings at Lord's in July 2011.

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He removed his wedding ring from around his neck and kissed it - a nod to his wife, Anushka, who was blamed for his poor form in 2014 - before he took the attack to England. Tea was taken immediately after Curran was dismissed by Umesh Yadav.

"Great players love the stage and he went out there today, the crowd booed him", Vaughan said.

Kohli's superb shepherding of the tail took some of the gloss off what was an otherwise impressive performance from the England attack, particularly during a thrilling afternoon session. "I hope he wins this Test series against England", Mushtaq said.

It was a big occasion for Kohli as he was handed the Test captaincy due to the absence of MS Dhoni and the flamboyant batsman celebrated the occasion with a special knock.

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Earlier, Jos Buttler was taken to hospital after injuring his left middle finger attempting to take an extremely tough chance off Kohli at gully, but an X-ray revealed it was bruised rather than broken. Consequently, he hesitantly poked at balls that were missing the wickets and then fenced Stokes' quickest delivery to third slip in a panic.

For a brief period, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan steadied the ship with a 31 run partnership before Sharma prised out both batsmen within four overs.

Stokes, introduced after lunch, showed why he is such an important part of this England side with an aggressive spell. But in hindsight we would not have been able to bowl at them.

"The pitch has been pretty good runs, wickets, catches, everything".

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