ENG vs IND 2018, 1st Test: We Need to Get Virat Kohli Out Early – Sam Curran
England seam bowling all-rounder Sam Curran said that they need to get Indian skipper Virat Kohli out early. In fact, England will know that one player who is keeping them at bay from the win is Virat Kohli. The Indian captain scored a fine 149 in the first innings and then followed it with an another 43 to keep India’s hopes alive.
England has given a target of 194 runs and it was never going to be a cakewalk for the visitors. India is currently 110 for the loss of five wickets. Therefore, the tourists are 84 runs away from the win whereas England will know that they are five good balls away from taking early honors in the series.
Curran thinks that the match will go down to the wire. The youngster said that he is hopeful Day 4 will be a good one. The left-hander believes that the first hour of day’s play is going to be pivotal.
“We do [need to get Virat Kohli out early]. But we need the four wickets at the end as well. It is going to be a good day. It is going to be close. The first hour is going to be crucial, if we can get a couple at the top, hopefully, we win,” Curran said at the end of third day’s play on Friday.
Sam Curran went on to add that it is even-stevens at this moment. In fact, there have been plenty of twists and turns throughout the match as the advantage pendulum has swung from one team to the other.
“I think it is pretty even. Obviously, when we had them at 60/5 we were a wise bet. Still, think a lot in the wicket for both bat and ball. So fingers crossed. Hopefully, a big crowd comes in tomorrow,” Curran said.
Meanwhile, the young 20-year old Sam Curran has shown the promise to be the future of England cricket. The Surrey youngster scalped four wickets in the first innings.
Furthermore, the southpaw scored a valiant 63 in the second innings to keep England in the hunt when the odds were against the hosts. Thus, the young lad has been the biggest positive for the English side.
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