Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

England beat India by 31 runs to take 1-0 lead

England beat India by 31 runs to take 1-0 lead

"It's just great to be a part of this game", he said.

Ben Stokes took the key wicket of Virat Kohli as England beat India in the first cricket test by 31 runs on Saturday.

Virat Kohli has told England to expect a much-improved India when the two sides face each other again in the second Test next week at Lord's.

Curran's father Kevin was an global all-rounder who collapsed and died while out jogging five years before sons Tom and now Sam began their England careers.

India withered under pressure and the hosts showed enormous amount of resilience and skill to dismiss a strong Indian batting line up especially considering the fact that they were defending only 194.

For a brief period, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan steadied the ship with a 31 run partnership before Sharma prised out both batsmen within four overs. Well, they certainly didn't help themselves in this game.

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That proved beyond India, who were bowled out for 162. But these batsmen looked completely out of sorts, their techniques were exposed and they looked nervous at the crease. But England were relentless.

Curran has said that he takes inspiration from senior colleague Ben Stokes as he goes about shaping his global career.

The immediate prize of Kohli was not to be, but second-best was Dinesh Karthik - ending a troublesome stand of 34 which had narrowed the margins while England's bowlers exhausted on Friday. His technique has sharpened and his hunger to score runs is always on the rise. There is a lot to learn from the lower order in the first innings, Ishant (Sharma) and Umesh (Yadav) got stuck in the middle.

Kohli's 149 enabled India reach 274 in the first innings.

Ishant Sharma's eighth five-wicket Test haul put India on top but Curran, batting at eight, gave England hope with an intelligent 63. They have worked on their technical faults and issues and exposed them.

It was virtually Kohli versus England and when the Indian captain was trapped lbw off Ben Stokes in the 47th over, the absorbing game was only heading the home team's way. India saw a couple of edges not getting into the hands of the fielders. He was 20 years and 60 days old at the start of this match.

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India had resumed on 110 for five, with a target of 194 to win and Kohli the key in nearly everyone's mind.

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Stokes, who finished with 4-40, will likely miss the second Test as his trial for assault begins but he was hopeful the victory would stand the rest of the team in good stead. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match.

It was billed to be a contest between Englands most prolific wicket-taker James Anderson and Indias top batsman Virat Kohli. "Day-Night Test cricket should be tried whenever possible".

But Kohli was not too downbeat and promised that India would come back harder next week. "Whenever you are in a close game, you want to be on the right side of it". Over the past year or so, he has been able to write on varied topics across all formats of the game.

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