England wins toss and bats vs India in 1st of 5 tests

England wins toss and bats vs India in 1st of 5 tests

England wins toss and bats vs India in 1st of 5 tests

134- Runs scored by Kohli in the whole of the last England tour in 2014 in 10 innings.

Cook fell to a wonderful piece of bowling by Ravi Ashwin, India's only spinner here but brought into the attack for just the seventh over.

Batting with Ishant Sharma he added 48 for the ninth wicket, before Sharma (5) went LBW to Adil Rashid.

The return of Shami for his second spell did for Jennings (42) and ended a 72-run second-wicket stand with Root in curious circumstances. Serves this outside off, it moves away, Curran flirts with it and gets an edge which Karthik doesn't drop.

England kept Ashwin at bay initially, after the pitch offered him unexpected early turn, and they looked sure to cash in on the good work.

Teammates congratulate England's Sam Curran for the dismissal of India's Lokesh Rahul during the second day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

But one positive for the tourists to grab hold off while they bite into their cucumber sandwiches is the fact that Virat Kohli is still at the crease on 53 not out. On the previous occasion when India played a Test here, in 2011, England opener Alastair Cook's masterclass guided the hosts to a thumping victory.

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On 97, Stokes dropped short and Kohli leaned back to punch the ball through point for four, before letting out a loud roar in celebration. It was the all-rounder's 100th Test wicket and evidence, if any were needed, of just what an exciting talent he is.

That's the key word, Kohli really had to battle through to that score.

From round the wicket, he bowled left-hander Cook - England's all-time leading Test run-scorer - for 13 with an excellent ball that pitched on middle and hit the top of off stump. It hasn't been very good for a long time, nor has India's in fairness. He'd averaged under 14 the last time India toured England for a Test series.

It was nearly an easy-going partnership for the opening duo as they brought up 50 off just 70 balls before the drama began.

Dhawan scored 26 off 46 deliveries peppered with some fluent strokes while Vijay made 20.

India were now looking to captain and star batsman Virat Kohli (nine not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (eight not out) to revive the innings in the first of a five-match series.

After batting first, England did not get off to a start that they would have expected.

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