Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Alastair Cook out early as England bat first against India

Alastair Cook out early as England bat first against India

Buttler was dismissed for a duck by Ashwin in the first innings and could have a huge role to play as England look to set India a formidable total tomorrow.

He dominated a last-wicket stand of 57 with Umesh Yadav, who made just one, with India just 13 runs adrift at 274 all out.

With India suffering a collapse to rival England's from the previous day - losing five wickets for 50 runs - Kohli once again showed his skill with a fantastic century.

But finding something positive from everything is necessary and Kohli thinks that getting Alastair Cook's wicket was a bonus at the end of day's play.

Virat Kohli on his way to his maiden ton at Edgbaston.

It was a big occasion for Kohli as he was handed the Test captaincy due to the absence of MS Dhoni and the flamboyant batsman celebrated the occasion with a special knock.

Asked to rate this knock, Kohli put it second on the perch behind his second innings effort at Adelaide in late 2014 where he scored 141 and nearly pulled off a chase of 364. "That was a handsome zone to be in". That was a handsome zone to be in, but today I'm very happy and grateful for having this opportunity to help the team this way and pull us back in the Test and compete.

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In fear of being bowled out to leave England well ahead, Kohli took over the task of controlling the innings.

"It was hard, but I told myself let's enjoy this, take it up on me as a challenge, to take the innings far to take innings deep", he said. "You can have bit of bounce but if the pace is not right then the batsman get a lot of time to play the same ball in the front and back foot, that is something I realised very quickly when I came here".

The fight he waged against England's bowling attack was a quiet one for the most part.

When India reached Mumbai for the fourth Test of the five-match series, they were already 2-0 up and skipper Virat Kohli was in tremendous form.

But Kohli just about survived. Pandya then departed with the scoreboard reading 148/6 in 45.6 overs and Kohli was at 47 runs then. "The way he batted with the tail was a lesson in itself". Kohli thought, "You're going to boo me?"

"We stuck to our plans very well against him, and on another day they would carry", he said.

The one disappointment for Kohli was being unable to take a small lead, which became his new target as India advanced towards the England total.

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