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England vs India, 1st Test, Edgbaston – Match Report 

England vs India, 1st Test, Edgbaston – Match Report
Ben Stokes was the chief destroyer of the Indian batting line-up (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England won a thrilling contest by 31 runs as they won the first Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham against India. It was a game of a lot of twists and turns as the advantage pendulum kept swinging from one side to the other. However, it was England who drew the first blood in the long five-match Test series.

84 runs were needed at the start of play and England needed five wickets. James Anderson provided a perfect start as he sent back Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik in the initial stage.

England vs India 2018
Ben Stokes was the chief destroyer of the Indian batting line-up (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England was able to come on top.

Joe Root turned to his talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes. Subsequently, Virat Kohli was plumbed in front by Stokes and India’s hopes were turned into despair. Kohli knew somewhere within him that was the game but had to take the review. However, Kohli hopes for a miracle wasn’t to be as there were three reds on the Hawkeye.

Shami was dismissed in the same over by Ben Stokes as he edged the ball to Jonny Bairstow. India’s last hopes were then rested on Ishant Sharma to accompany Hardik Pandya as the former has the best defensive technique. However, the lanky fast bowler could not read Adil Rashid’s wrong one.

Virat Kohli, England vs India 2018
Virat Kohli. Credits: Getty Images.

England was able to hold on to their nerves.

Thus, Hardik Pandya was left with too many to get. Ben Stokes was able to win the final battle as Hardik Pandya meddled with a outside off stump delivery.

Meanwhile, the disappointment was palpable on the face of Indian skipper Virat Kohli when he came out to perform the customary handshakes.

Kohli scored 200 runs in the Test match. However, his stupendous effort could not be enough as India fell short by 31 runs.

On the other hand, Sam Curran was the biggest positive for England. The 20-year old youngster scalped four wickets in the first innings and scored a crucial knock of 63 runs in the second innings. Consequently, the youngster was the Man of the Match.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes scalped four wickets in the second innings as he ran through the Indian lower order.

Brief Scores: England 1st innings: 287, Joe Root 80, Jonny Bairstow 70.

Ravichandran Ashwin: 4-62.

India’s 1st innings: 274, Virat Kohli 149.

Sam Curran: 4-64.

England 2nd Innings: 180, Sam Curran 63

Ishant Sharma 5-51.

India: 162; Virat Kohli 51.

Ben Stokes 4-40.

Therefore, England won by 31 runs.

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