England’s Indian Test on knife-edge - Ireland

England cricketer Ben Stokes leaves Bristol Crown Court as the trial breaks for lunch in Bristol south-west England

England cricketer Ben Stokes leaves Bristol Crown Court as the trial breaks for lunch in Bristol south-west England

He is an exceptional talent and if he takes time off, no issues.

Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin crucial in England.

The Indian captain fought a lone battle till he could.

But, across both innings, it was a performance where determination resonated. Next day, the English team have added just to run in the total score and got all out at the low score of 287.

But Kohli was not too downbeat and promised that India would come back harder next week. They certainly tend to forget that cricket is a team game and one-man shows don't always give you the favourable results.

He then made a dashing 63, his maiden Test fifty, to rescue England from a dire 87 for seven in their second innings. In the same innings, Shikhar Dhawan's 26 remained the second best score for India before their innings ended at 274 all out. I know Stokesy will get brought up but he's a very reluctant slipper. But, after accepting that Malan had "tied his shoes on for his hands" at Edgbaston, he said Joe Root was not as reliable in the slips as was sometimes presumed and that Stokes was reluctant to field there. It was an emotional fixture for both the sides.

The former India captain also warned against making wholesale changes in the wake of the defeat.

It has been only four sessions in this much awaited five match Test series and there has been so much happening around. Unlike ODIs, Tests are played now and then and a batsman who plays only one format tends to feel the pressure if he is selected in the squad for an overseas tour but is given the impression that he can never be sure of his place in the Test playing eleven. English fans were spotted mocking the Indian team and especially the India captain was their target.

He was the seventh youngest man - at 19 years and 363 days - to debut in Tests for England.

Anderson gave England, and their expectant crowd, a fine start on a sunny morning, but it was not the wicket he told a press conference the previous evening he would go to bed dreaming about. "It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit more than anything", Root said at the post match presentation ceremony.

Kohli's efforts in the first innings had made England rethink their strategy for him in the second. Including Kohli, everyone cheaply threw away their wickets against the likes of young pacers like Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

With the ball, Curran was superb too, returning career-best figures of 4/74 in the first dig to shave off India's top order.

India resumed the day on 110-5 chasing down England's 194-run lead but were cut short by Ben Stokes. 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. In seaming conditions in 2014, India carved out a famous victory at the same venue in 2014. In 26 runs opening partnership was broken. The first one to fall was Murali Vijay, who was trapped in front by an in-swinging delivery.

In India, they are confortable on the flat tracks. When the ball is moving, we've shown that a few of their guys struggle against the moving ball. Even Kohli initially did. They might have slogged the next one up in the air.

"At Edgbaston, the batting has to be taken in context", Bayliss said.

Ben Stokes was one of England's stars of their test win over India but will now face court in Bristol charged with affray. He was let down by his batters, once again.

Eventually, he had to.

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