Kohli holds firm in 1st Test thriller after Curran revives England

Ashwin is the second fastest cricketer to 200 Test wickets

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Earlier, India dismissed England for 180 in their second innings, with fast bowler Ishant Sharma taking 5 wickets for 51 in 13 overs.

The 20-year-old left-armer proved he can be a major weapon if the ball is swinging.

He ran out England captain Joe Root on the opening day, then rescued India's first innings with a gritty knock of 149 that ended a sorry run of test scores on English soil. In only his second match, Curran's late movement was a sign of great promise for the future.

Virat Kohli's hundred in the first Test against England provides just the kind of inspiration that a struggling Indian batting line-up needed, feels Chris Gayle. The Yorkshireman's round of broadcast interviews to clear the air were most welcome.

England did not have to wait long for their first breakthroughs as Broad (2/29) trapped Vijay and had Shikhar Dhawan (13) caught behind. "If we can bowl well and take a couple up top, we will hopefully win".

Ravichandran Ashwin ran through the top order before Ishant Sharma wrecked the middle order as India reduced England to 86 for six at lunch on day three to position themselves nicely for a win in the first cricket Test, in Birmingham on Friday.

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Following scans on Thursday, England have confirmed Jos Buttler did not suffer a fractured finger in the morning session. He broke the budding 21-run partnership between him and Dawid Malan (20) as Rahul held another excellent, low catch at leg slip.

Sharma then had Bairstow taken by at first slip and two balls later he dismissed Ben Stokes (six) via a fine low catch by Kohli at third slip off what became the last ball before lunch.

With 35 wickets having tumbled inside three days, England will be hoping they can grab the five remaining Indian wickets quickly on day four so that they can mark their 1000th test with a victory. They added 32 runs for the unbeaten sixth wicket, playing with maturity.

He struck Ashwin for a magnificent straight six and next ball drove him to long-on for four.

Rahane caught first Malan at fourth slip in the 27th over.

He was eventually last man out on the stroke of tea, caught behind off Umesh Yadav.

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