England slump as India strike back in final session

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Curran told TMS: "The day had pretty much everything - wickets, runs, good periods, frustrating periods".

- Virat Kohli (@Virat_Cricinfo) August 2, 2018Looking at the ball, no surprise, no cloud= no wickets for the Cloud Brothers.

England´s Keaton Jennings tried to defuse any potential bad feeling by saying: "Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want to".

Birmingham, United Kingdom- England captain Joe Root said the controversial send-off he received from India skipper Virat Kohli after being run out on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston was "quite funny" and added to the "theatre of the game".


However, Kohli rubbed salt into the wound by blowing kisses in the direction of Root and putting his finger to his lips, as if to quieten crowd of more than 18,000.

He also produced a "bat-drop" mime to mock a similar gesture last month from the England captain, after he had helped clinch the one-day series in Leeds with a second successive hundred for the hosts.

It was also the finish of a fourth-wicket stand worth 104. Ben Stokes was close to unplayable, getting the ball to swing away and beat the bat constantly.

Curran was given a lucky let-off when he was dropped by the diving wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off Shami's penultimate ball of the day.


Dawid Malan had an lbw scare against Ashwin, up the pitch and just outside the line on impact, only to go the same way to Shami when the seamer pinned him from round the wicket.

Anderson scored his first runs - and England's only runs - from 285-9 overnight in the first over off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took a team-leading 4-62.

The opener managed only to push the ball down into his crease off back-foot defence, then onto his foot before it trickled back onto the base of the stumps. First, Bairstow played on off Umesh Yadav (1/56) and then Ashwin trapped Jos Buttler lbw for a two-ball duck as England were rocked out of their comfort zone.

England who earlier played 999 Tests have won 357 and lost 297 while 345 Test matches ended in draw. "It was a little bit sombre (in the dressing room after)".


"You can't say that we will miss an extra spinner", said Ashwin.

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