England v India Test LIVE: Ben Stokes wraps up England victory

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Ben Stokes dismissed Virat Kohli

It’s all to play for on the fourth day, with the opening Test between England and India finely poised at Edgbaston.

Virat Kohli (43) and Dinesh Karthik (18) return to the crease as the tourists look to build on their overnight score of 110-5 and chip away at the required 84 runs to claim victory. For England, the equation is simple with five more wickets needed to triumph.

Inside the first hour, England made an instant impact with James Anderson removing Dinesh Karthik. Kohli looked in fine touch but England got their dangerman when the Indian captain was trapped lbw by Ben Stokes for 51.

Stokes then removed Mohammed Shami while Adil Rashid trapped Ishant Sharma for lbw, leaving England needing just one wicket to win.

It was only a matter of time and eight runs later, Stokes completed the 31-run victory when the all-rounder dismissed Hardik Pandya for 31.

The Test match has provided plenty of drama – will there be more in the final few hours? Follow our Live Scores link below for all the twists and turns from Birmingham.

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Virat Kohli is proving he didn't need a County Championship deal, says Sunil Gavaskar

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In impressive form: Virat Kohli

Sunil Gavaskar believes India captain Virat Kohli has already proved that he didn’t need a county stint to flourish in England after sparkling with the bat in the on-going Test match at Edgbaston.

The 29-year-old batsman scored his first Test century on English soil on Thursday when he hit 149 in a masterclass innings as India reached 274 in their reply to 287.

Kohli is unbeaten on 43 in the second innings going into the fourth day on Saturday with the tourists needing 84 runs for victory and having five wickets in hand.

Earlier this summer, Kohli had signed up for a pre-tour stint with Surrey only for a neck injury to rule him out. But former India skipper Gavaskar feels it’s the other Indian batsmen who must consider playing county cricket after their poor showings in Birmingham so far.

“Kohli made a mockery of the thinking that he needed to play county cricket to get a big score in England,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Times of India.

“Kohli is an exceptional talent and can get runs even if he wakes up in the middle of the night.

Sunil Gavaskar (right) has been impressed with Virat Kohli's form in England so far

Sunil Gavaskar (right) has been impressed with Virat Kohli’s form in England so far

“More than him, it is the other guys who have lesser talent who needed to spend more time playing against the red ball, as was seen by the way they struggled against the moving ball.

“Even if India go on to win the Test and the series, the decision to play just one three-day game in the fortnight’s gap has clearly not helped the other batsmen. More than Kohli, it’s the others who need more time against the red ball. Kohli can’t rescue the team every time.”

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Daily Digest: A thrilling Test at Edgbaston builds to a nail-biting climax

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Morning, Tyrone Bell here with everything you need to know this Saturday.

TOP STORY

Sam Curran has been brilliant with ball and bat.

Sam Curran has been brilliant with ball and bat.

The word thrilling is over-used in modern sport but the First Test between England and India at Edgbaston has certainly earned that adjective.

It has been thrilling from the opening ball right to the end of play on the third day.

The hosts led by just 13 runs on the first innings as India were saved by a superb 149 by Virat Kohli and some poor England catching.

England then stumbled to 180 in their second dig, with young all-rounder Sam Curran carrying out a rescue mission of his own with a breath-taking 63 off just 65 balls.

This left India with a target of 194 and overnight they were poised at 110 for five wickets with the danger man Kohli still there on 43.

The match is poised for a thrilling climax today.

To read more on yesterday’s brilliant day of cricket click HERE.

FOOTBALL

Vidal spent three seasons with Bayern Munich.

Vidal spent three seasons with Bayern Munich.

The transfer window grinds on with deals being done all over the globe.

The latest moves include Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus to AC Milan, Lucas Digne from Barcelona to Everton and most intriguingly Arturo Vidal to Barcelona from Bayern.

Also a move for Yerry Mina makes sense for Manchester United says Matt Monaghan.

In other news Cristiano Ronaldo had caused quite a stir unfollowing former club Real Madrid on Instagram.

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Nepal captain Paras Khadka. Image: ICC/Twitter.

Nepal captain Paras Khadka. Image: ICC/Twitter.

Elsewhere in the cricket universe leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane picked up three wickets as Nepal beat Netherlands by one run to register their first ever win in the format on Friday.

Chasing 217 for victory, the Dutch were well placed at 114-2 before they lost seven wickets for 71 runs. Leg-spinner Lamichhane took 3-41 from his 10-overs to play his part in a famous win.

To read more on the historic victory click HERE.

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Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders and Warren Whiteley of the Lions - the winning captain is on the left

Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders and Warren Whiteley of the Lions – the winning captain is on the left

The Crusaders stand on the brink of their ninth Super Rugby title when they take on the Lions from Johannesburg in the final in Christchurch today (11:35 UAE time).

Alex Broun looks at what makes this champion team so great.

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