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Kohli heroics in vain as India lose

A heartbreaking loss: No. 1 Test side fails to chase 194 run target, loses the opening Test to England by 31 runs.

Birmingham: India suffered a heartbreaking 31-run loss to England as skipper Virat Kohli’s heroics went in vain amid yet another abject batting capitulation in a riveting opening Test at the Edgbaston on Saturday.

It was virtually Kohli versus England and when the Indian captain was trapped lbw off Ben Stokes in the 47th over, the absorbing game was only heading the home team’s way. Resuming on overnight 110 for five, India folded up for 162 in 54.2 overs despite Kohli’s combative 51 off 93 balls and Hardik Pandya’s 31.

All-rounder Ben Stokes (4-40) came to the party on the morning of day four by removing Kohli and Mohammad Shami in the same over. James Anderson (2-50) and Stuart Broad (2-43) took a brace each as England drew first blood in what promises to be an engrossing five-match series. The Indian bowlers did their job in both the innings but the batsmen, with the exception of Kohli, let the team down again. The second Test begins at Lord’s on August 9.

Brief scores:

Eng 287 and 180 beat India 274 and 162 (Kohli 51; Stokes 4/40) by 31 runs.

Virat scores 200, RoI 214

45.87 Percentage of India’s runs that came from Virat Kohli’s bat. He scored 200 runs out of the 436 made by India. The other 10 India players managed only 214 runs in their 20 innings and there were 22 extras. Kohli hit 27 boundaries while all the other India players combined for 28.

Lowest targets not achieved by India in Tests

120 Vs West Indies in Bridgetown, 1997.

194 Vs England in Edgbaston, 2018.

208 Vs South Africa in Cape Town, 2018.

221 Vs Pakistan in Bengaluru, 1987.

Top order must learn lessons from lower order: India captain

India skipper Virat Kohli rued the lack of application and poor shot selection by his batsmen after their meek surrender paved the way for an England victory. “Our shot selection could have been better. We definitely need to apply ourselves better with the bat, but England came back superbly and we need to take the positives and move forward,” he said. “(I) haven’t had the time to speak (to the team) but it’ll be about taking the positives. We can be proud of the team for starting like that in a big series.”

Kohli praised the lower-order batsman for showing grit and said India need to be fearless to make a comeback in the series. “There is a lot to learn from the lower order in the first innings, Ishant and Umesh got stuck in the middle. Ishant showed character here, Umesh hung around with Hardik again,” he said.

Scoreboard

England 1st inns 287
India 1st inns 274
England 2nd inns 180
India 2nd inns (O/n 110/5)
Kohli lbw b Stokes 51
Karthik c Malan b Anderson 20
Pandya c Cook b Stokes 31
Shami c Bairstow b Stokes 0
Ishant lbw b Rashid 11
Umesh not out 0

Extras: (b 1, lb 1) 2

Total: (all out in 54.2 overs) 162

FoW: 6-112, 7-141, 8-141, 9-154, 10-162.

Bowling: Anderson 16-2-50-2, Broad 14-2-43-2, Stokes 14.2-2-40-4, Curran 6-0-18-1, Rashid 4-1-9-1.

(With inputs with PTI)

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