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ENG vs IND 2018, First Test: Twitter Reacts As England Beat India In A Thriller

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England held their nerves to beat India by 31 runs in the first Test and go one nil up in the five-match series.

Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik started the proceedings on day four with India needing 84 runs. With 5 wickets in hand, a good start was all the visitors needed to calm down the nerves. However, the duo could only add two runs to the overnight score of 110 before Karthik walked back.

The wicketkeeper-batsman perished after edging a James Anderson delivery at second slip where Dawid Malan held a good low catch. Kohli was then joined in the middle by Hardik Pandya. The two took some time to settle down. However, once they had their eyes set, they hit a flurry of boundaries to ease the pressure.

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Pandya was particularly impressive as he targeted Stuart Broad, hitting the pacer for three boundaries in two overs. In the meanwhile, Kohli hit a four off Anderson to score his fifty. But just when it looked the duo would take India over the line with ease, Ben Stokes dealt a body blow to the visitors. The allrounder dismissed Kohli to leave India reeling at 141 for 7. Two balls later, Stokes accounted for Mohammed Shami too to put the hosts firmly on top.

Ishant hit a couple of boundaries but soon perished as India found themselves nine down for 154. 8 runs later, Stokes struck again to remove Hardik Pandya and fire England to a memorable win.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:


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