Virat Kohli's knock will spur on India in England: Chris Gayle

Virat Kohli's knock will spur on India in England: Chris Gayle

Virat Kohli scored a gritty 149 to rescue India and leave the intriguing first Test finely balanced as England were left to rue several missed chances before they ended the second day 22 runs ahead on Thursday.

On the second day of the first Test, Sam Curran, the lone warrior of day one added two runs to the total of England as India bowled out the Three Lions on 287. KL Rahul (4) and Shikhar Dhawan were also dismissed in a matter of few balls by Curran as the match suddenly changed directions with India being 59 for 3.

That seemed to give a boost to India who put on 48 for the next wicket, Pandya falling LBW to Curran for 22, before Kohli was against dropped by Malan.

Ben Stokes had his head in his hands after Kohli was dropped.

India were in bother at 182-8 but Kohli shepherded the strike expertly and led his side to 274 all out, trailing by just 13 on first innings.

Cook had not registered a run when Ashwin lined a ball up on middle stump, only to send it past the Englishman's bat and into off stump.

In an interview with the Times of India, the former all-rounder, 74, praised Kohli, labelling him a much more hard player to stop (for Pakistan) than Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special: "Alastair Cook will be gutted to get out, but the man whose head will be down in England's dressing room is Dawid Malan".

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Whilst, Virat Kohli dedicated his marvelous inning and his 22nd Test century to Anushka Sharma which melted hearts all over social media.

The day began with England managing to add just two runs to their overnight total of 285 runs in their first innings.

England lost three wickets for eight runs in 25 balls as a promising 216 for three was transformed into 224 for six.

When India reached Mumbai for the fourth Test of the five-match series, they were already 2-0 up and skipper Virat Kohli was in tremendous form.

Curran is an exceptionally promising all-rounder but he was certainly not guaranteed a place in the XI and may not have featured if England had more faith in the fitness of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.

The one disappointment for Kohli was being unable to take a small lead, which became his new target as India advanced towards the England total.

Well, he scored 134 in 10 innings in 2014, and now, he has slammed 149 in only one innings to not only mute his detractors but also drag India along to gain parity against the hosts.

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