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2014: Matches: 5, Innings 10, Runs 134

2018: Matches 1*, Innings 1, Runs 149  

Walk it like you talk it.

Virat Kohli’s terrible numbers from 2014 series were thrown around for free ahead of the series, but with an innings of substance aided by Dawid Malan’s butterfingers, the Indian skipper kept his team in the fight on a day dominated by the England quicks, particularly 20-year-old Sam Curran.

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The fact that India, from being 100 for five, managed to get close to England’s first innings total of 287 owed largely to the way Kohli put his foot down to weather the storm and then when England quicks started to tire and the pitch eased out, the Indian skipper pounced on the opportunity to milk easy runs. Adil Rashid, the man much talked about ahead of the series, bowled just eight overs on day two.

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Ben Stokes started with fire taking two wickets, Curran got four and Anderson three, yet Kohli and Co. were be the happier bunch at the close of play. India made 274 with Kohli being the last man to fall for 149.

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Malan, 14 Tests old, will have a long shower and a long face, at least for the rest of the match, and probably for the series. He dropped Kohli on 21, then on 51. Stokes and Anderson were at the receiving end of the gaffes.

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Similar to day one where England had the opportunity to drive the game away from India finding themselves in a strong position, the hosts had India under the mat – twice – at 100 for five and 182 for eight but failed to capitalise.

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The last wicket association of Kohli and Umesh Yadav yielded 57 runs, testament to how England completely lost the plot after dominating the first two sessions. England openers Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook had to play out the final 15 minutes of the day, but Ravichandran Ashwin removed Cook for a record ninth time. England extended their lead to 22 at stumps.

For all the plaudits Kohli would receive for his knock, which is the second highest for an Indian captain after Mohammad Azharuddin’s 187 in 1990 in Manchester, he would know that the second best score in his team sheet was only 26 by Shikhar Dhawan. And that had nothing to do with how Indian batsmen, barring Kohli, batted. It was all down to the England pacers.

After Shami got rid of Curran to end England’s first innings in the second over of the day, India started well with Murali Vijay and Dhawan taking the score to 50 for the opening wicket. Curran then came in as the first change bowler and picked up three wickets in a span of eight deliveries to put India in that ever so familiar position.

With Kohli in the middle early, Anderson had his tail up and even induced an edge that Jos Buttler grassed in the slip cordon. At the first break on day two, India were 76 for three.

Curran got the ball to move in to the right-hander and one such big inswinger had Vijay trapped in front. Umpire Chris Gaffaney ruled it not out, but Curran was so sure that he got Root to take the review and that was England’s first breakthrough.

India’s new number three KL Rahul walked out to the middle and was off the mark with a thickish outside edge through the slips with a four. Next ball, Curran got it wide without much movement but Rahul was chasing it with an angled bat and played it on to his stumps. An over later, Curran set up Dhawan beautifully. He squared up Dhawan two balls earlier with a good length delivery that took the edge and flew wide of the third slip. Next one on middle and off, swinging away, Dhawan let it go but third, full and swinging out, the opener went for the drive, edging it to Malan at second slip.

Post lunch, Stokes started off the proceedings and bowled nine overs in a row and what a spell it was. Kohli took two boundaries off the allrounder in his first over and then Stokes found his rhythm, line and length that earned him two wickets. Kohli struggled, but fought it out.

Stokes bowled a wide back of a length delivery and an indecisive Ajinkya Rahane poked at it playing as far away from his body as he could handing Jennings a sharp opportunity at slips, which he obliged.An over later, Dinesh Karthik, playing a Test in England for the first time in 11 years, lost his middle stump to a fuller, angled in delivery. He went for 0.

That could very well have been 100 for six, or seven or eight the way England were bowling. Anderson showed his immaculate control over his swing and line, particularly against Kohli. Anderson persisted and managed to induce an edge, but Malan came up with the first of his drops.

Off the first ball of the next over, HardikPandya poked at an away going delivery from Stokes but Cook made a hash of it at first slip. The Kohli-Pandya association yielded 48 runs before Curran picked his fourth wicket with a ripper of a delivery to remove Pandya for 22.

Anderson then got into the act removing Ashwin and Shami. Rashid picked Ishant but more importantly, India’s last two wickets added 92 runs with Kohli marshalling Ishant and Umesh well. Kohli reached his hundred with a boundary past point off Stokes. Off came the helmet and out came that big ‘come on!’ roar. He proceeded to hit 46 runs in the next 52 deliveries.

Brief Scores: England 9/1 & 287 (Joe Root 80, Jonny Bairstow 70; R Ashwin 4/62) lead India 274 (Virat Kohli 149, Shikhar Dhawan 24; Sam Curran 4/74) by 22 runs.