|First Specsavers Test, Edgbaston (day three of 5)|
|England 287 (Root 80, Ashwin 4-62) & 180 (Curran 63, Ishant 5-51)|
|India 274 (Kohli 149, Curran 4-74) & 110-5 (Kohli 43*)|
|India want 194 to win|
The first Test is about for an exciting end after Sam Curran’s counter-attack dragged England back into the sport in opposition to India on the third day at Edgbaston.
Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed England’s prime order and Ishant Sharma took three wickets in an over to depart England struggling on 87-7.
However, Curran hit an enterprising 63 to assist the hosts attain 180 and set India 194 for victory.
Stuart Broad took two wickets as India slipped to 78-5 however captain Virat Kohli ended the day unbeaten on 43 with his aspect 110-5, requiring an extra 84.
It was one other disappointing displaying with the bat for England, with the identical issues of endurance and unhealthy method plaguing the center order.
But Curran, 20, saved them within the sport and Ben Stokes, Curran and James Anderson claimed a wicket apiece to take the sport right into a fourth day.
India require their highest run-chase in England to take a 1-Zero lead within the sequence, surpassing the 174 they made at The Oval in 1971.
Their victory probabilities largely lie with Kohli, who has scored 50% of their runs on this match and appears decided to place the dismal tour 4 years in the past behind him.
England bowlers shine, however Kohli stays
Under the Edgbaston lights and supported by a sell-out crowd, England produced their most spectacular bowling efficiency for a while.
There had been errors once more within the discipline – Dawid Malan put down his third catch of the match when he dropped Murali Vijay at second slip – however Broad produced an lively spell to strike twice in two overs.
He and captain Joe Root inspired the gang to make extra noise as Murali Vijay was trapped lbw providing no stroke, earlier than Broad discovered the surface fringe of Shikhar Dhawan’s bat as he tried an expansive drive.
England saved the strain on India and had been rewarded when Ben Stokes discovered motion away off the seam to finish KL Rahul’s uncomfortable innings for 13.
India tried to rebuild however wickets fell usually, with Ajinkya Rahane edging Curran behind earlier than Ashwin, promoted up the order, did the identical to Anderson.
Kohli, nonetheless, stays. His unbroken 32-run stand with Dinesh Karthik steadied India’s innings and leaves the sport finely poised.
Curran offers England hope
Curran, after a spell of clever bowling on Thursday to say 4-74, introduced an identical depth to his batting.
With England reeling on 87-7 and Ishant – who completed with 5-51 – discovering seam motion, left-hander Curran gave himself time to get used to the tempo of the pitch.
As Adil Rashid struck out, Curran rotated the strike and performed defensively in opposition to Ashwin as the 2 placed on 48 – helped by Shikhar Dhawan placing each gamers down at first slip on 13.
Once Rashid fell for 16 after a short delay for unhealthy gentle – his center stump knocked out of the bottom by Umesh Yadav – Curran started to play extra offensively.
He hit Ashwin for six down the bottom and clobbered the following ball for 4 over long-on, earlier than Ishant was flat-batted for six over extra-cover as Curran reached his maiden Test half-century.
Such was Curran’s confidence that in his second Test he protected Stuart Broad – showing in his 119th – from going through the seamers.
They pair shared a 41-run stand earlier than Broad tried a flat-footed drive and despatched an outdoor edge to first slip.
Curran was left irritated as he tried to run Yadav down to 3rd man and was caught by wicketkeeper Karthik, however he was given an ovation by the gang and Kohli.
England collapse – once more
Off-spinner Ashwin, who eliminated Alastair Cook with the ultimate ball of the second day, tormented England’s prime order.
Keaton Jennings fell for eight – a forefront flying to gully the place it was properly held by Rahul – earlier than Root was left in disbelief as, on 14, he turned a regulation supply straight to leg slip.
The center order crumbled in a interval of sensible swing bowling from Ishant, who moved the ball away from the right-handers.
Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes fell in comparable style: tentative in opposition to Ishant, they had been caught within the cordon off thick edges.
Jos Buttler’s dismissal, caught behind trying to drive the second ball after lunch, was Ishant’s third wicket within the over and left England in disarray.
Curran helped England to a good complete however, with 5 Tests in six weeks, they might want to discover a method to cease these collapses taking place.