India vs England, 1st Test: 5 Talking points from Day 2

India vs England, 1st Test: 5 Talking points from Day 2

Indian skipper Virat Kohli's historic Test century against England in the 2nd innings at Edgbaston will probably go down as one of the best he has played.

England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli.

Root was looking set to get a big one but a brilliant piece of fielding from Kohli saw the right-hander getting run-out for 80.

"Virat did nick a lot of balls outside off-stump that didn't carry as well".

Root did at least bag one notable career milestone, displacing Alastair Cook as his country's quickest to 6,000 Test runs when he reached 40.

In an interview with the Times of India, the former all-rounder, 74, praised Kohli, labelling him a much more hard player to stop (for Pakistan) than Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

England lost three wickets for eight runs in 25 balls as a promising 216 for three was transformed into 224 for six.

With India suffering a collapse to rival England's from the previous day - losing five wickets for 50 runs - Kohli once again showed his skill with a fantastic century.

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Thanks to Kohli, India were eventually dismissed for 274 - for a first-innings deficit of 13 runs - having been 3-59, 5-100 and 7-169 at various stages.

Kohli nicked Anderson only for Malan to drop a low catch at second slip.

But Kohli just about survived. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, added 91 runs. It brought out Kohli who was booed on his walk to the crease.

Things could have been worse as three balls later, Kohli (on 0*) edged Anderson to Jos Buttler at gully with the fielder failing to latch onto a tough chance despite putting in a fine dive.

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

The Indian Captain forged a partnership with Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav and helped India add 105 more runs before being dismissed.

That seemed to give a boost to India who put on 48 for the next wicket, Pandya falling LBW to Curran for 22, before Kohli was against dropped by Malan.

He went to hospital during the lunch interval for an X-ray on his left middle finger, which he injured while fielding. "It's a five-match series and Virat has got off to a flyer with 149 and great players once they get into rhythm, once they get into form and once they get into confidence, they are very hard to stop".

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