Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

First Test: England out for 180; India need 194 to win

First Test: England out for 180; India need 194 to win

134 - When Kohli went past that figure, he bettered his paltry 2014 tour aggregate on his only previous Test visit to England.

That left India with a potentially awkward chase.

England did not have to wait long for their first breakthrough as Broad (2/29) trapped Murali Vijay and then removed Shikhar Dhawan (13) caught behind.

Stuart Broad dismissed both the openers before Ben Stokes bowled a beauty to dismiss KL Rahul.

India bowled out England for 180 in their second innings at tea on the third day, getting a target of 194 runs to win the opening Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Indian captain Virat Kohli (left) and Dinesh Karthik leave the field at stumps on day three of the first test against England.

England's 1,000th Test had threatened to end in an embarrassing defeat with more than two days remaining as they collapsed to 87 for seven in their second innings.

Kohli's one-man show meant a home lead of only 13 after the tourists' last two wickets added 92 - and when Alastair Cook was bowled for the second day in succession by a Ravi Ashwin off-break, for a duck this time, England reached stumps nine for one second time round.

It was also 20 runs more than their their highest fourth-innings Test-winning total in England of 174 for six at The Oval in 1971 during their first victory in a Test on English soil.

Afterwards, 20-year-old Curran and Adil Rashid (16) tried their best in a 48-run stand for the eighth wicket.

"I had goosebumps listening to the Barmy Army chants and that first hour tomorrow (Saturday) is going to be crucial", Curran said.

Jos Buttler was one not out and England's last recognisable batsman. So far in this match, Curran has put his imprint on two of them, with the ball on the second day and with the bat on the third: the mark, in other words, of a genuine all-rounder, and one who clearly has a sense of occasion.

He struck Ashwin for a magnificent straight six and next ball drove him to long-on for four. He broke the budding 21-run partnership between him and Dawid Malan (20) as Rahul held another excellent, low catch at leg slip.

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