It was another frustrating day for England on the second day of the first Test match as Virat Kohli stole the headlines at Edgbaston.
The Indian captain scored his first Test century in England when he hit 149 as India finished on 274, just 13 runs short of England’s first innings total of 287.
Kohli would have relished his innings even more after being dropped twice on 21 and 51 before reaching his 22nd Test ton.
By stumps, Alastair Cook was dismissed on the last ball of the day by Ravi Ashwin with the hosts set to resume play looking to build on their 22-run lead.
Here, we look at player ratings from the second day.
INDIA’s BATTING CARD
Murali Vijay – 6
The right-hander looked in fine touch at the crease against experienced pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but came undone to be trapped lbw for 20 by rookie Sam Curran after a lapse of concentration.
Shikhar Dawan – 6
Got the nod ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara and did his part of giving India decent start. Only had himself to blame for the dismissal with his poor footwork providing a simple catch at slip for 26.
KL Rahul – 3
Made an instant impact by hitting a boundary but that was as good as it got for the 26-year-old. In his very next ball, he became Sam Curran’s second victim when the ball hit the stumps off his bat.
Ajinkya Rahane – 5
After three quick wickets falling, Rahane provided that stability and looked comfortable against the bowlers. That was until Ben Stokes came along and after surviving a huge scare earlier, he eventually lost the battle after a 34-ball 15.
Virat Kohli – 9
Let the bat do the talking in style as he led by example at the crease. Was lucky to survive two dropped catches but went from strength to strength to score his first Test century in England.
Dinesh Karthik – 3
Like Rahul, didn’t even get a chance to settle at the crease, facing four deliveries only. He just simply had no answer from a fantastic Stokes delivery that saw him return to the pavilion without a single run.
Hardik Pandya – 5
Playing in his eighth Test match, the all-rounder is still relatively new to the longer format but frustrated the hosts over a long period, even finding three boundaries before being trapped on 22 by Curran.
Ravichandran Ashwin – 4
For a man who has scored 11 fifties as a lower-order batsmen, the 33-year-old showed anything but that form as his 10-run knock was ended by none other than James Anderson.
Mohammed Shami – 3
The 28-year-old struggled to make any impact and was soon exploited by the pace as Anderson claimed his second wicket of the day.
Ishant Sharma – 4
Fared much longer than Shami, lasting 17 deliveries before becoming Adil Rashid’s first victim.
Umesh Yadav – 4
When he came to the crease, Kohli was still three runs short of his century but did his job in his 16 deliveries to ensure the captain scored his ton.
Jimmy Anderson – 7
Given the ball to open the innings, it took a while for the top-ranked Test bowler to settle but any issues of how he would fare following a six-week rest on his shoulder were put to bed when he claimed two wickets.
Stuart Broad – 5
Not the best of days for the Nottinghamshire man. Went wicketless in his 10 overs and bowled three no balls as he failed to show the form that made him one of the most fearless bowlers on his day.
Sam Curran – 8
Prior to the match, the 20-year-old only had two Test wickets to his name. But he doubled that in just a single day and in just his second match. Tormented the Indian top-three batsmen with his medium-pace and did the damage again to Pandya.
Adil Rashid – 3
All the build-up was on the Yorkshire spinner but although the 30-year-old removed Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma, he was fairly quiet in his eight overs.
Ben Stokes – 7
Took two quick wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik and it should have been more had the fielders been more clinical. Signs of fatigue were showing towards the end of the day but he made a big impact to put the pressure on the Indians.
ENGLAND BATTING CARD
Alastair Cook – 3
The 33-year-old’s poor form with the bat continues as he was out for a duck in what proved to be the last ball of the day. The last thing that England needed going into the third day.
Keaton Jennings – 5
Scored one boundary in his eight deliveries but most importantly will resume the third day unbeaten on five.
Ravichandran Ashwin – 7
Picked up where he left off with the ball in the first innings as he took the crucial wicket of Cook.
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Sam Curran (four for 74) made a sterling home bid for the headlines, with three wickets in eight balls during a titanic first hour of the afternoon – and England were well-served too by Ben Stokes and James Anderson.
But Kohli (149) was an unstoppable force – after two dropped chances – as he banished memories of his miserable maiden Test tour to this country four years ago – when he averaged 13.4, with a top-score of 39 – as he compiled his 22nd Test century in an India total of 274 which contained no other innings above 26.
Kohli’s one-man show meant a home lead of only 13 after the tourists’ last two wickets added 92 – and when Alastair Cook was bowled for the second day in succession by a Ravi Ashwin off-break, for a duck this time, England reached stumps nine for one second time round.
The India captain attracted an outbreak of partisan boos when he walked out at 54 for two, thanks to his controversial ‘send-off’ after running out his opposite number Joe Root the previous day.
But 172 balls later, he had the last laugh – amid another energetic celebration – after cutting Stokes for his 14th four to reach three-figures as he dominated a last-wicket stand of 57 in which Umesh Yadav made just an unbeaten single.
India’s reply to 287 all out was eventful from the outset, but they nonetheless reached 50 without loss.
Curran – who had earlier failed to add to his overnight 24 as England mustered just two extra runs for their last remaining wicket – then quickly proved a dab-hand in helpful conditions.
Murali Vijay was pinned lbw, KL Rahul dragged his second ball on to his stumps, and then Dhawan edged to second slip.
After lunch Stokes soon proved he could swing the ball just as effectively as Curran, only faster.
While India were stuck on 100 for 21 balls, a full match quota of incident took place.
Two wickets, two dropped catches and Hardik Pandya’s overturned review on nought is the synopsis of a mesmeric passage of play.
Anderson’s long-awaited duel with Kohli culminated in an edge to second slip on 21, only for Dawid Malan to put down a costly low catch.
One ball later, Pandya – still on nought – this time edged to Cook at first slip, and another chance went begging.
England therefore just had two successes to show for their compelling hour of cricket.
Ajinkya Rahane had tried to leave one that bounced on him from Stokes, and managed only to edge to Keaton Jennings at third slip.
Then Dinesh Karthik lost his middle-stump to an inswinger which brought Stokes his 100th Test wicket.
It was testament to Kohli’s great determination, skill and some good fortune that he survived when it seemed at one point a wicket was odds-on every ball.
He did so again, immediately after reaching his half-century with his ninth four, when he was again dropped by Malan in the slips – a much tougher chance than the previous, off Stokes.
After tea, Anderson finally had deserved reward with a dead-eyed delivery which took the off-bail as Ashwin played inside the line – and when a driving
Mohammed Shami edged him to Malan, India were eight down and still 105 runs behind.
But Kohli was far from done as he went on to better his 2014 tour aggregate in just one attempt before finally cutting Adil Rashid into the hands of point to leave England’s openers 3.4 overs of aggravation – time for Cook to find trouble again.