England Vs India 1st Test, Day 4 Review

England continues their impressive form in Test cricket at Edgbaston as a thrilling encounter comes to the end with England gaining the upper hand.

Cricket news: Virat Kohli’s knocks go in vain as England go 1-0 up in the series

At the beginning of the day’s play, India required 84 runs to win while England needed 5 wickets. Eventually England came out on the top as they went up 1-0 in the series by humbling India by 31 runs.

India began the India with skipper Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik continuing as the overnight batsmen, and started the proceedings against England, who started with James Anderson.

However it was not late when Karthik poked at a delivery from Anderson and got the outside edge. Dawid Malan, who had previously dropped three catches in the match, did not falter this time as Karthik went for 20 runs in 50 balls.

Hardik Pandya walked into the middle to support Kohli and smacked Broad for three boundaries in a gap of just seven deliveries.

Just when the Indians were threatening to take the match away, Ben Stokes struck Kohli’s pad as the captain fell after accomplishing his half-century.

Mohammed Shami could not put a fight and fell in the exact same over to Stokes. In came Ishant Sharma, who had played some useful knocks for Sussex in the County Championship this season.

Ishant churned out a couple of boundaries and scored 11 from 15 balls. Having seen his comfort zone to play the pacers, England captain Joe Root brought spinner Adil Rashid into the attack.

The trick worked as Rashid trapped Ishant in front and in came Umesh Yadav as the last man. All responsibilities fell on Hardik Pandya, who failed to survive the heat and edged a delivery from Stokes outside the off-stump and was caught by Alastair Cook which gave England a win by 31 runs.

Brief Scores

England: 287 all out in 89.4 overs; (Joe Root 80, Jonny Bairstow 70; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/62, Mohammed Shami 3/64)

India: 274 all out in 76 overs; (Virat Kohli 149, Shikhar Dhawan 26; Sam Curran 4/74, Adil Rashid 2/31)

England: 180 all out in 53 overs; (Sam Curran 63, Jonny Bairstow 28; Ishant Sharma 5/51, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/59)

India: 162 all out in 54.2 overs; (Virat Kohli 51, Hardik Pandya 31; Ben Stokes 4/40, Stuart Broad 2/43)

England beat India by 31 runs

Player of the Match:  Sam Curran

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