India will need 84 runs to win tomorrow and it will be intriguing to see who comes out on top here! This turned out to be a masterstroke as Ashwin, soon, took the wicket of the former English captain Alastair Cook. Must work out a plan to nullify India's star with the ball.
Additionally, they looked to rotate strike as much as possible, going for quick singles even if this approach looked unsafe from the outside.
Victory in the 1,000th men's Test played by England represents the highlight of Joe Root's 18 months in charge and the captain praised Stokes for putting his court case to one side during the match; the challenge now is for others to step up in his absence. That's 200 runs in the match for the Indian skipper.
Drop catches by Dawid Malan has proved costly for England.
Fortunately Curran had more belief in his own skills than most and steadily, first with Adil Rashid for company then Stuart Broad, provided a boost to a sagging atmosphere. The fast bowler feels that no player in the world is invincible and England have the firepower to take Kohli's wicket.
Played well in the series against Pakistan at the start of the summer but was unable to show his class in Birmingham, scoring just one run.
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The defending champions will have the added advantage this year of playing the season-finale at home in Christchurch. In his two finals appearances Jantjies' quiet performances have reflected the Lions' sobering results.
Ben Stokes spoke of his pride at playing cricket for his country following a spell of match-winning brilliance that offered the latest reminder of what England will be missing come Thursday's second Test at Lord's.
"The pitch has a lot to do with that - it wasn't a flat belter - and so have the players".
The momentum of the game changed several times, with England collapsing from 216-3 to 287 in the first innings, and Kohli's masterful 149 helping India recover from 100-5 to post 274. "We can get him out", said Anderson, England's leading wicket-taker. Kohli's review came more in hope than expectation. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. "We've just got to go away and know we can get him".
But before heading off to Bristol last night, Stokes single-handedly dragged his team over the line at a noisy Edgbaston with three crucial wickets, including the pivotal dismissal of India captain Virat Kohli, as England won the Specsavers first Test by 31 runs. "He always wants to do something special for team India".
Kohli's innings is worth its weight in gold simply because of the situation the team was in. India saw a couple of edges not getting into the hands of the fielders. A truly fantastic spinner.
Stokes, who finished with 4-40, will likely miss the second Test as his trial for assault begins but he was hopeful the victory would stand the rest of the team in good stead.