Kohli helps India post 274; England lead by 22 runs


Anderson had found rewards for his hardwork just then.

It was Kohli show from there on as he notched his 17th Test fifty off 100 balls but was dropped twice either side of his fifty. On Thursday, the cricketer hit his first century on the English soil and dedicated it to his wife and film actor, Anushka Sharma in a grand declaration of love. That left Kohli and Co. on 100 for four.

Vaughan said: "The great players love the biggest stage".

Added Harbhajan: "I think he is bowling seam up and there are more revs being imparted by putting it more in the air and it leads to overspin".

Kohli's superb shepherding of the tail took some of the gloss off what was an otherwise impressive performance from the England attack, particularly during a thrilling afternoon session.

"I can't see it becoming an issue throughout this game or moving forward, but it makes entertaining cricket for everyone to watch - which is exactly what you want in Test cricket". I thought it was quite amusing."He added: "I'm sure within the five-match series there will be plenty of that stuff going on". It's a pretty cool feeling for me to be playing with my heroes - Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad - and, running into bowl to a guy like Kohli.

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During the lunch interval the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that Jos Buttler had gone to hospital to have an x-ray on his left middle finger.

Curran, in only his second Test, bowled intelligently to disrupt India's top order and expose their weaknesses in these conditions.

But Curran struck three times in eight balls before India eventually took lunch at 76 for three. "You can have bit of bounce but if the pace is not right then the batsman get a lot of time to play the same ball in the front and back foot, that is something I realised very quickly when I came here".

Curran is an exceptionally promising all-rounder but he was certainly not guaranteed a place in the XI and may not have featured if England had more faith in the fitness of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. It did not take long as Sam Curran fished on one outside the off stump from Mohammed Shami in the very second over of the day.

However, England dropped too short when trying to dismiss a set Kohli, and their tactics of giving him easy singles when in partnership with number 10 Ishant and Umesh backfired.

'Personally, it was a special day with the ball, taking a few early wickets.