An England v India five-fer: Day 2, 1st Test, Edgbaston

England v India 2018 tour

1 SAM CURRAN DOESN’T HAVE THE PACE TO… OH WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT. 

Sam Curran’s introduction into the attack on the second morning of the first Test proved a critical moment in the game. A few balls into his spell social media had already seen the younger Curran labelled as ‘not quick enough for Test cricket’. Curran served up a fresh batch of egg on commenters faces though with three wickets in eight balls that reduced India from 50 without loss to 59 for 3. 

2 THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF ENGLAND’S REVIEWS 

England burned their first review inside the first three overs of India’s innings with Jimmy Anderson and Jonny Bairstow convinced they had Murali Vijay leg before but everyone else seemed to think it was missing leg and everyone else was right. It was surprising then, that in the 14th over Joe Root reviewed again, which led to Curran’s first wicket and turned the game in England’s favour. England later failed to use the review for a very good leg before shout against Ajinkya Rahane before finally losing the second review as Anderson hoped he had Kohli for 57.

3 ISHANT MASTERS THIS DRS LARK ONLY TO LET IT SLIP 

Ishant Sharma had a massive ally in his battle against Anderson and the umpires as he twiced used a review to deny the England quick his wicket despite the opinion of the umpire. He would be gutted to discover that the full ball from Adil Rashid that dismissed him was missing leg by some distance according to the ball tracking technology.

4 CATCHES WIN MATCHES, YES THAT OLD CHESTNUT 

Dawid Malan’s woes took a turn for the worst as he shelled a catch offered by India batting supremo Kohli. Worse still he went on to make 149 in an effort that nearly single-handedly kept India in the game and the cherry on the shit sundae was that Malan dropped Kohli twice, first off Anderson and then later off Ben Stokes who was as you’d expect, simply delighted.

5 KOHLI CEMENTS HIS LEGENDARY STATUS WITH EPIC KNOCK 

He may have been dropped twice but the way Kohli shepherded the tail for two remarkable and match-turning partnerships was a masterclass of batting with the tail. The India skipper was class personified as he dragged his team back into the contest seemingly by the sheer force of his unquestionable willpower. Seldom will a batsman have played an innings that meant as much to one man and his team as this one at Edgbaston.

 

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