Sam Curran leads England's fightback against India

Sam Curran leads England's fightback against India

English cricket team finished the day one with 285 for the loss of nine wickets.

Thanks to the knock, he also became the first batsman to score 4 double hundreds in 4 consecutive series and also broke Virender Sehwag's record for most runs by an Indian in one season.

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.

The innings gave India a solid advantage in the first innings and with Indian bowlers performing well, England were beaten by an innings and 36 runs.

Alastair Cook has been done in twice by the same ball from Indian master spinner Ravi Ashwin in the first Test at Edgbaston.

But it might have been different story had not Malan dropped Kohli in the slips off James Anderson and Ben Stokes when the star batsman had made 21 and 51.

The rest of India's batting line-up failed, however, and the tourists were bowled out for 274 in reply to England's 287 as Sam Curran, the 20-year-old from Surrey, took four wickets. Kohli thought, "You're going to boo me?"

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That was the last delivery of the over and the next ball saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya missed on nought when Cook dropped a routine first-slip chance off Stokes.

India have always been criticised for their poor close catching but England, with the tourists still on 100 for five, dropped two slip chances of their own, with Malan reprieving Kohli off Anderson. India needed just 10 balls to wrap up the hosts' first innings - Sam Curran falling for his overnight 24 after edging Mohammad Shami to wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik, to leave England all out for 287.

The first ever Test match was played between the two countries on March 15-19, 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the Australian city of Melbourne.

England's new Test vice-captain Jos Buttler was taken to a local hospital on Thursday after injuring his finger in the field. Curran's three-wicket burst in eight balls reduced India to 59/3 in no time even as Rahane joined his captain to sneak in a few singles before heading for the break.

Stokes, introduced after lunch, showed why he is such an important part of this England side with an aggressive spell.

"We still bowled them out below our total so that's a huge positive".

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