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03-Aug-2018 18:12:00 GMT
End v Ind, 1st Test, Birmingham, day 3

Five-star Ishant, Kohli leaves India eyeing victory

India 274 (Kohli 149, Curran 4-74) and 110 for 5 (Kohli 43*) need another 84 runs to beat England 287 (Root 80, Bairstow 70, Ashwin 4-62, Shami 3-64) and 180 (Curran 63, Ishant 5-51, Ashwin 3-59)

Birmingham: England fought back brilliantly with the ball after another batting collapse to leave a pulsating first Test at Edgbaston in the balance.

England slipped to 87-7 before Sam Curran - playing only his second Test - struck 63 to lift them to 180.

Two wickets in two overs for Stuart Broad helped reduce India - chasing 194 - to 78-5 on a thrilling evening.

But captain Virat Kohli's unbeaten 43 steered them to 110 without further loss, needing a further 84 to win.

Chasing a total of 194, Indian may be five down, but India’s great hope was steady as a rock against the disciplined bowling of James Anderson, Sam Curran and Stuart Broad, seeing his team to  110 for five at close of play on Friday, 84 adrift of the target.

Virat Kohli provided the inspiration with his 149 on day two of the 1st India vs England Test at Edgbaston and India rode with it on day three putting in a stellar bowling performance.

England, for their part, worked around Kohli chipping away at India.

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

Sharma then had Bairstow taken by Shikhar Dhawan at first slip and two balls later he dismissed Ben Stokes (six) via a fine low catch by Kohli at third slip off what became the last ball before lunch, with England 86 for six off 30.4 overs at the interval.

Resuming the second session at 86/6, England could add another 74 runs, thanks to Sam Curran's sensational 63 off 65 deliveries, even as pacer Ishant Sharma (5/51) continued with his fine rhythm to trouble the lower batting order of the hosts.

England lost Jos Buttler (1) in the second ball of the session. The right-handed batsman couldn't handle a delivery from Ishant Sharma, who picked his fourth wicket. Buttler provided a thin top edge which went to the hands of wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik.

Afterwards, 20-year-old Curran and Adil Rashid (16) tried their best in a 48-run stand for the eighth wicket. Paceman Umesh Yadav rattled the stumps of Rashid, who survived 40 deliveries.

Curran stood out as he took the attack to the opposition bowlers by goig after them. He was not even afraid of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, whose venomous spin fell the top three English batsmen. Curran did get some help from Stuart Broad, who scored 11 off 28 deliveries. The youngster cotniued his assault on the Indians.

India saw a couple of edges not getting into the hands of the fielders. Left-hander Broad could only edge an away moving ball from Ishant as it landed at the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.

Then, Curran's innings ended when his cut off a short and wide delivery from Umesh went into the hands of Karthik, brining an end to the second innings of England, who have a 13-run lead after posting 287.

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