Joe Root departure triggers collapse as India fight back

Joe Root departure triggers collapse as India fight back

Joe Root departure triggers collapse as India fight back

England were on course for a substantial first-innings total while Root (80) and his fellow Yorkshireman Bairstow (70) were sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 104 in only 23 overs. Yes, he was dropped twice but that does not take away from the fact Edgbaston got to witness a master at work.

Anderson bowled tidily in the morning but did not break through until late on, when he bowled Ashwin and had Mohammed Shami edging a drive to Malan.

It is perhaps unsurprising that two England batsmen are at the top of this list given how much Test cricket their side plays, with Wednesday s match their 1,000th fixture at this level.

His contest with Broad reflected that with the England man conceding just 5 runs off 15 balls for one dismissal - caught by Cook at first slip in the second Test.

Kohli enjoyed quite a bit of luck during his knock.

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.

In doing so, Stokes become the eighth Englishman to complete the double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.

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That's the key word, Kohli really had to battle through to that score. Hosts lost Alastair Cook early on when Ashwin bamboozled him on 13.

England went on to endure a chastening experience. It is a manifesto of what they are going to achieve, by bending opponents to their will; and, unlike politicians, they usually adhere to it. Kohli announced that he can score red-ball runs in England in spite of James Anderson's stated belief.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who ended the day with four wickets, inflicting the bulk of the damage for the visitors.

There were two 50+ run partnerships in the innings, with the first one coming between Dhawan and Murali Vijay and the second one coming between Kohli and Umesh for the last wicket.

It got a little better for Stokes in India two years ago when he conceded 69 runs, including 12 boundaries, at a strike rate of 60 but managed to dismiss the right hander twice - taking 57.5 balls each time at an average of 34.5.

Curran hit the flawless length as first-change bowler and immediately trapped Vijay lbw in the 14th over.

Curran used conditions to good effect as he trapped Vijay leg before, got KL Rahul (4) to play a lazy shot and then Dhawan edged one to the slip cordon.

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