England vs India 1st Test Day 2: Match evenly poised after Kohli’s breathtaking 149

Virat Kohli 149 England India 1st Test Day 2 Edgbaston cricket

Virat Kohli exults after scoring his 22nd Test century

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India captain Virat Kohli razzled and dazzled on the second day at Edgbaston as he struck a spectacular 149 to frustrate England and keep the first Test evenly poised.

Starting off the day on 285/9, England only added two runs to their overnight score before Sam Curran was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for 24.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, while Shami took three, and Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 287 runs, India made a solid start to their innings as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay amassed a 50-run partnership before Vijay was trapped lbw off the bowling of Curran for 20.

Vijay was not given out initially, but England captain Joe Root opted to review the decision, and it work in his side’s favour as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to crash into leg stump.

Lokesh Rahul was on his way back to the pavilion two balls later as he was clean bowled by Curran for four runs.

Dhawan began Curran’s third victim when he was caught by Dawid Malan at second slip for 26.

Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane stemmed the flow of wickets with a 41-run stand before Rahane was caught by Keaton Jennings at third slip off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 15.

Stokes struck again in his next over as he cleaned up wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik for a duck.

Kohli and Hardik Pandya halted England’s charge with a 48-run partnership before Pandya was given out lbw off the bowling of Curran for 22.

Pandya decided to review the decision, but his gamble didn’t pay off as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump.

Ashwin, Shami and Ishant fell shortly after, but Kohli upped the ante when Yadav came to the crease as he scored 56 out of the 57 runs he and Yadav put together.

However, Kohli was unable to hand India any sort of lead as he ended up being caught by Stuart Broad off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 149, which came off 225 balls and included 22 boundaries and a six.

Thanks to Kohli’s highest score in England, India managed to reach 274 before being bowled out. However, it still gave England a 13-run lead.

Curran was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Rashid, Stokes and James Anderson claimed two wickets each.

Witha 13-run lead in hand, England could not safely navigate through the few overs remaining until stumps as opening batsman Alastair Cook was clean bowled by Ashwin for a duck.

As soon as Cook was dismissed, stumps was called, leaving Jennings unbeaten on five off eight balls, which included a solitary boundary.

Ashwin was the only bowler to take a wicket.

England ended day two on 9/1 and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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