Birmingham: India were 110 for five in their second innings, needing a further 84 runs to reach their victory target of 194, at stumps on Day 3 of the first Test at Edgbaston on Friday. Skipper Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 43 while Dinesh Karthik was not out on 18.
Earlier, pacer Ishant Sharma took five wickets and spinner R Ashwin scalped three batsmen as India bowled out England for 180.
Sam Curran, with his 63-run knock, led a stunning rearguard fight to help the hosts extend their lead to 193 after the hosts were down 87 for seven at one stage. India had England on mat at one stage as they had reduced England to 87 for seven but 20-year-old all-rounder Curran took the centre stage by scoring 63 runs off 65 balls.
Chasing 194 to win, India lost five batsmen before skipper Kohli and Karthik combined for a crucial unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership. If India manage to overhaul the target, it will be their only seventh Test win on the England soil and first at Edgbaston.
Brief scores: England 287 & 180 all out (Curran 63; Ishant 5/51, Ashwin 3/59) Vs India 274 & 110/5 (Kohli not out 43; Broad 2/29).
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]8th five-wicket haul Ishant claimed on Friday. Pacer sent Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler back to the pavillion in one over. [/box]