Sam Curran leads England’s fightback against India

Virat Kohli and R Ashwin have unfinished business in England Sunil Gavaskar

Sam Curran leads England’s fightback against India

While rest of the Indian batsmen succumbed to England's probing pace, skipper Virat Kohli stepped up to fire his 22nd Test century on Day two of the first Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

England's premier fast bowler is relishing what lies ahead, with England needing five wickets and India 84 runs after what has been three days of utterly compelling Test cricket.

England have found a player Sam Curran has made the right impression with bat and ball (Nick Potts/PA).

Virat Kohli single-handedly kept India in the first Test with his maiden hundred in England but the captain would still rate the memorable knock second to his 141 in a lost run-chase against Australia in Adelaide nearly four years ago.

Off-spinner Ashwin, who took four for 62 in England's first-innings 287, had earlier removed the top three for a lunch haul of three for 34 in 15 overs. In the first innings, Kohli was dropped in the slip cordon by Dawid Malan twice - on 21 and 51 - before making his game-changing score.

Curran's efforts meant India would have to eclipse their highest successful run-chase in England to win - their best being the 174 they chased to win at The Oval in 1971. Kohli, who turned it around for India in the first innings with a combative 149, now stands between victory and defeat for the visitors.

In going past 39, he'd already bettered his top score from the 2014 tour and soon England was on the defensive, spreading the field.

"We had them 100 for five, and felt in the game, then Virat played really well with their tail and frustrated us a little bit", said Curran. With three batsmen in dug-out, it was all dependet on Kohli but lack of support costed India in the last session.

Against the backdrop of a Hollies Stand cheering every run - defiance on the gallows fuelled by lunchtime bars, England built steadily at first from 87-7 bringing up the hundred and then pushing on.

But he fell for 20 when, squared up by Sharma´s superb outswinger from around the wicket, he edged to Ajinkya Rahane in the gully.

"It feels nice to represent your country and come overseas and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one", said Sharma, who credited a spell with English county side Sussex this season for getting him in shape.

England lost Jos Buttler (1) in the second ball of the session.

"It feels nice to represent your country, come overseas and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one".

"Playing county cricket helped me a lot".

"I have mentioned these things in the pressers that I don't see or read what people write about me".

Kohli opened his shoulders late in his knock and finished with a total of 22 fours and a six off his penultimate ball as he successfully hogged the strike to demonstrate his excellent game management. Left-hander Broad could only edge an away moving ball from Ishant as it landed at the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.

Curran was given a standing ovation when he was last man out, caught behind by Karthik.

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