Result
1st Test, Birmingham, Aug 1-4 2018, India tour of Ireland and England
287 & 180
(54.2 ov, target 194)
274 & 162
England won by 31 runs
Player Of The Match
England
1y
• The Report by Sidharth Monga

Kohli stands firm with Test on knife-edge

Virat Kohli stood between England and victory for long enough to give his side a dead even chance going into what should be the final day of an absorbing Test

Match centre 
Scorer: Thilak Ram
Commentator: @varunshetty
Scorecard summary
England287(89.4 overs)1st Innings
India274(76 overs)1st Innings
Virat Kohli149 (225)
Sam Curran4/74(17)
England180(53 overs)2nd Innings
India162(54.2 overs)2nd Innings
Virat Kohli51 (93)
Ben Stokes4/40(14.2)
Stuart Broad2/43(14)

1:04pm That is all from us from this Test. Both teams have nearly extra days now before heading to Lord's on Thursday for the second Test. A lot can change over two days, but whatever happens, let's hope that game can live up at least halfway to this one!

As usual, our superb correspondents will be sending in their stuff from Edgbaston through the day. Stick around for those, and if you're in India, you'll find highlights scattered all over. On behalf of Gnasher, Miller and Monga - it's goodbye from me.


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WATCH - 'Still feels like a dream', says Man-of-the-Match winner Sam Curran (India only)

Sam Curran: I can't take it all at the moment. It feels like I'm dreaming. I'm sure I'll sleep well tonight coz I didn't get any last night. Lucky for Stokesy, he got an awesome start and turned it around. To be honest, I tried to learn a bit from Virat. Met Kumar the other day in the hotel and he spoke to me a bit about batting with the tail. Playing Test cricket in front of this crowd, with these guys I have grown up watching - I am just looking to learn everyday.

Sam Curran is the Man of the Match.

WATCH - 'Credit to both bowling sides', says Joe Root at the post-match presentation (India only)

Joe Root: "I am thrilled to bits. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit. The easy thing to do is criticise the batters. We knew that if we stayed calm throughout, we would give ourselves the best chance to win. We did a good job in staying calm. We made sure we didn't get ahead of ourselves and after three days of fantastic cricket from both sides it gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game. Sam Curran has a great amount of skill, very exciting and promising cricketer. It is easy to make an emotional decision right now, but we need to sit outside and decide for Lord's depending on the surface."

WATCH - 'England were relentless', says Kohli at the post-match presentation (India only)

Virat Kohli: "First of all I think it was a great game. Glad to be part of such an exciting Test. Lot of times we came back, showed character there. But England were relentless. They made us work hard for the runs. Definitely could have applied ourselves better, but I'm proud of the fight. Haven't had the time to speak [to the team] but it'll be about taking the positives. We can be proud of the team for starting like that in a big series.

Lot to learn from the lower order - Ishant and Umesh getting stuck in there. Those sort of things make you look in the mirror as a top order batsman. We've got to be positive, fearless and take the negatives out.

From the team's point of view, the century was probably up there. Second-best to Adelaide. One that I'll remember. When you take your team close, it always feels good. Test match cricket is lovely. It's my favourite. There's nothing better than testing yourself against top quality for five days."


WATCH - Emotionally spent Stokes left speechless after England's win (India only)

An emotionally spent Ben Stokes:
"I thought we are a bit behind with the lead but Sam Curran took them out of play, the way that he played at such a young age, that was the big turning point of this test match.

It's great to be a part of this game, but I dunno...I don't know what to be feeling right now

Throughout the whole innings...Kohli played a brilliant knock in the first innings, but with the ball swinging he was trying to move across to play for that inswinger but actually the one that I was trying to swing away, he maybe leant over and missed one for a change.

Moemnets like that change the game in these tight ones. I'm proud to be part of this group, playing for England means so much, and it's a great start to this tough five-match series. And being 1-0 up we're in the box seat at the moment

We weren't quite sure what to expect here. Knew we needed five wickets and we had all the confidence, These games are brilliant. We've copped a lot of stick as a team recently and beating a team like India there has closed a few mouths.

Winning those tight games, you can't under-estimate what it gives teams for confidence. We've got a five-Test match series here, so we'll take all the confidence we can. No better way to start it off than that."


John: "Stokes a bit lost for words talking to Ian Ward after the game. I wonder whether he's thinking about the fact that he won't be there for the next game, assuming that his court case is on schedule."

Alfred: "To state the obvious - this needs to be on free-to-air!"

Dhaval : "Kohli's India know exactly what to mend in the next Test. Their bowlers set them up. It's the batsmen that need to improve. And of course the catching. And may be a little bit of team selection. I hope to see Pujara in the next Test. "

DJ: "All rounders proved to be the difference. Where Stokes matched up with Ashwin in terms of bowling, Curran was well ahead of Pandya in his game."

santosh battula: "I'm weak-hearted!"

Devine : "This match has knocked a few years off my life expectancy "Shagird Patel: "No hard feelings India... You have won this match for my heart.. Respect."

Dave Fern : "Phew! A corporate English sigh of relief!!"

Josh: "What an endorsement for test cricket!"

RobJ: "Well played every single one of you. What a fantastic test!"

Vatsala: "I hope that Indian bowlers not being able to get tail-enders out cheaply doesn't distract us from the fact that our top order was pretty absymal, with the notable exception of Kohli. I hope the selectors bring Pujara back."

Steve Lawrence: "Virat 200 runs other 10 Indians combined 122 runs. Man of the match? Not much of a match without him! "

Nishant: "What a Test Match it has been!!!! Well played Kohli and bowlers. If only had few other batsman contributed, it could have been a different ending."

WATCH - Pandya nicks to slip as England celebrate nervous win (India only)

12:32pm Handshakes from the players. India led by a dejected Kohli. Those players - both teams - know what they've just been through. No overt celebrations. It's been so well fought. The crowd are on their feet, the English contingent singing. What a match. Pulled along, at different points, by different champions. Top individual performances from Root and Bairstow, before Ashwin ripped through England in the first innings. Then, the Kohli show. Will anyone who witnessed it ever forget his 149? I'd bet against it. He kept India in the game, one that would probably not have made it to the fourth day without his innings. Ishant Sharma had his own skills to show after that. England, with a 13-run advantage, crumbled against him to 87 for 7. Then, Sam Curran happened. Wickets AND runs for the 20-year-old. If Kohli kept India in it, Curran wasn't far behind for England yesterday. To finish it all, Ben Stokes, who likely won't play the next Test, who came in and produced the goods after a nervous start to the day - he got Kohli and Pandya. On a day like this, that is guaranteed glory. Glory it is. England with their 1,000th Test by 31 runs.

54.2
w
Stokes to Pandya, OUT
guides it to first slip! Ben Stokes started the procession, Ben Stokes finishes it. What a match he has had with the ball. His fourth wicket of the innings. Length ball outside off, some lift off the surface. Pandya looks to stab at it and gets a big edge. Cook watches it closely and holds on to his right
HH Pandya c Cook b Stokes 31 (86m 61b 4x4 0x6) SR: 50.81
54.1
Stokes to Pandya, no run
length ball angled in at off stump, pushed towards long-on on the rise
end of over 543 runs
INDIA: 162/9CRR: 3 
Umesh Yadav0 (8)
Hardik Pandya31 (59)
Adil Rashid4-1-9-1
Ben Stokes14-2-40-3

Michael: "If there was ever a chance to change the 'Craptain' tag he acquired for his unimaginative, defence first captaining of Yorkshire for Root this is it. His golden arm or Curran (MoM) to wrap this up. "

Remember, Umesh had already played this role for Kohli in the first innings. Pandya retains strike.

53.6
Rashid to Yadav, no run
short of a length on off stump, he gets on the back foot and keeps it out
53.5
1
Rashid to Pandya, 1 run
tossed up at leg stump, leans in and flicks uppishly down to long-on
53.4
Rashid to Pandya, no run
slider keeps low. Length and in at middle stump, but he manages to tap it away
53.3
Rashid to Pandya, no run
googly rising up at him as he stays on the crease. Taps it into the leg side off the inside half
53.2
2
Rashid to Pandya, 2 runs
heaved into the leg side but Anderson does a lot of running to his before tapping this in at deep midwicket. Slides for it. Pandya picked this length ball, against the turn but couldn't middle it
53.1
Rashid to Pandya, no run
length ball pushed flat outside off, driven to long-off on the front foot
end of over 531 runs
INDIA: 159/9CRR: 3 
Umesh Yadav0 (7)
Hardik Pandya28 (54)
Ben Stokes14-2-40-3
Adil Rashid3-1-6-1

Rashid to continue

52.6
Stokes to Yadav, no run
keeps it out. Length ball on off stump, stays on the crease and blocks it
52.5
1
Stokes to Pandya, 1 run
overpitched ball wide outside off, drives to long-off and picks up the single

And up come the fielders...not quite. They've stayed back.

52.4
Stokes to Pandya, no run
length outside off, wristy punch into the off side
52.3
Stokes to Pandya, no run
short and wide outside off, chopped off the front foot to deep point

Sarvesh: "Pandya must be saying to Yadav..As the famous scene from the movie Lagaan.. Bas chhu k daud kachra(just tap and run)"

52.2
Stokes to Pandya, no run
overpitched outside off, drilled firmly back down the pitch. Stokes fields in his follow through
52.1
Stokes to Pandya, no run
short of a length and in at off stump, clips it into the midwicket region off the front foot
end of over 52Maiden
INDIA: 158/9CRR: 3.03 
Umesh Yadav0 (6)
Hardik Pandya27 (49)
Adil Rashid3-1-6-1
Ben Stokes13-2-39-3

He's survived.

51.6
Rashid to Yadav, no run
full toss outside off, driven to deep cover
51.5
Rashid to Yadav, no run
length ball outside off, chases it with his hands, but it bounces past the outside edge

Field spreads out but a silly point comes in

51.4
Rashid to Yadav, no run
full on middle and leg, solidly blocked down the pitch off the front foot

Rachit Jain: "Taking the double instead of a single on ball 49.2 was the final nail in India's coffin. Pandya had the chance to score some boundaries against spin, but instead they chose to take a double and led to Ishant playing spin, which is his weakness."

51.3
Rashid to Yadav, no run
length ball floated up outside off, blocked on the front foot
Best performances - batsmen
V Kohli
149 runs (225)
22 fours
1 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
cover drive
28 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
271961619141731
JE Root
80 runs (156)
9 fours
0 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
22 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
221351274215
Best performances - bowlers
I Sharma
O
13
M
0
R
51
W
5
Eco
3.92
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
1W
BA Stokes
O
14.2
M
2
R
40
W
4
Eco
2.79
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
2W
Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Ireland and England
Player Of The Match
Sam Curran
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2314
Season2018
Hours of play (local time)11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days1,2,3,4 August 2018 (5-day match)
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Tim Robinson
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe