England v India: Virat Kohli stands in the way of Test victory


Brief scores: England 287 & 180 (Sam Curran 63, Jonny Bairstow 28, Dawid Malan 20; Ishant Sharma 5/51, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/59, Umesh Yadav 2/20) vs India: 274 in first innings till tea on Day 3.

"India lost control then - he needs to look back on his captaincy and say 'when I've got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?'"

Yet if the Indian captain, who rode his luck to reach an extraordinary first-innings hundred, hangs around on Saturday morning, India will go on to what would be the best of their seven Test victories in England. "We showed character at times but England were relentless in the areas they hit".

"To come into his second Test match under pressure and against the No 1 team in the world and play like that ... obviously it's very exciting for us as a side".

India will be hoping Kohli, who scored a brilliant 149 on Thursday, can produce another heroic performance as they will need to pull off their highest fourth innings chase in England if they want to take a 1-0 lead in the five match series. "So I'll have to sit down with the selection group and think clearly about what's the right squad for that surface at Lord's and then pick accordingly".

Earlier, England got off to a rocky start in their second innings, scoring 86 runs for the loss of six wickets on the third day of the first test against India, as the visitors ripped through the hosts' batting order including the removal of skipper Joe Root.

Stokes said the win will shut the team's critics.

He lauded the players for showing determination in tough situations. Hopefully we will build on that. "We need to take the negatives out and build on the positives as we go on", he said.

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Saturday's play started with the match on a knife edge. The key remains Virat Kohli.

Failed with the bat but delivered one of his most influential performances with the ball, claiming match figures of 6/113.

New batsman Pandya played several solid defensive shots before driving Stuart Broad down the ground for a textbook four.

Just 50-minutes into play, it was theirs: Ben Stokes, with a booming inswinger, caught the India captain moving across his stumps.

Kohli reviewed but experienced Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar's decision was upheld.

But India s bid for what would have been just their seventh win in 58 Tests in England suffered a hammer blow when Kohli was lbw to Ben Stokes, especially as the all-rounder had Mohammed Shami caught behind for a duck three balls later to leave the tourists on the brink of defeat at 141 for eight.

Ben Stokes takes Hardik Pandya.