India takes control of 1st Test vs England

Kohli is no 1 batsman in the world says Chris Gayle

Kohli is no 1 batsman in the world says Chris Gayle

Sam Curran made 63, his maiden Test fifty coming in just his second match at this level.

Earlier, all rounder Sam Curran followed up his first innings haul of four wickets by scoring a solid half century to guide England to 180 all out in their second innings.

The 20-year-old left-armer proved he can be a major weapon if the ball is swinging.

Day three of the first Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Edgbaston, Birmingham between India and England had nearly everything and was easily one of the most entertaining days. In only his second match, Curran's late movement was a sign of great promise for the future.

Kohli, who turned it around for India in the first innings with a combative 149, now stands between victory and defeat for the visitors. The Yorkshireman's round of broadcast interviews to clear the air were most welcome.

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. "If we can bowl well and take a couple up top, we will hopefully win".

India have taken control of the first Test against England by reducing the hosts to 6-86 in their second innings on day three, with Ishant Sharma taking two wickets in the final over before lunch.

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That got the Edgbaston crowd roaring on the bowlers in a manner reminiscent of the raucous cheers that accompanied England legend Ian Botham's celebrated match-winning spell of five for one in 28 balls in the 1981 Ashes Test at the Birmingham ground.

Root, who top-scored with 80 in England's first innings, put his hand on his head in despair after falling for 14.

Rahane caught first Malan at fourth slip in the 27th over.

But he fell for 20 when, squared up by Sharma's superb outswinger from around the wicket, he was caught in the gully.

KL Rahul (13) did not look too comfortable and was removed by Ben Stokes (1/25). At the break, Jos Buttler (1) was the last unbeaten recognised batsman. "The good thing was I had overs behind me". Sensing closure of the innings, Curran attacked the bowling, hitting sixes off both Sharma and Ashwin, as he reached his maiden Test half-century at a run-a-ball gallop.

He was eventually last man out on the stroke of tea, caught behind off Umesh Yadav.

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