Team India will bank on their skipper Virat Kohli to take them over the rope in the first of the five-match Test series against England at Edgbaston. England Vs India 2018 series has been spectacular so far and in the 1st Test match both sides played some wonderful cricket and on the way broke some important statistics.
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Meanwhile, fast bowlers of India dominated the proceeding during the second day. The tall and lanky fast bowler from Delhi, Ishant Sharma bagged a five-for to rattle England’s batting order.
At the other end, speedster Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin also made some useful contributions returning with two and three wickets respectively.
At one point, England were 87 for seven before Sam Curran played a late cameo of 63 runs to take the score to a respectable position. The hosts finished at 180 thus setting a target of 194 for India to win.
However, it was a not a great start for India as they lost Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan early on. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli tried to steady the innings but a ripper from Ben Stokes undone Rahul. Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin too followed soon.
Virat Kohli (43*) along with Dinesh Karthik (18*) is still at the crease with India required another 84 runs to win.
Here are the statistical highlights from days three of England vs India 2018, 1st Test at Edgbaston:
Ashwin’s bowling figure of three for 59 is the best by a visiting spinner in England opening the bowling in the second essay. The previous best is BS Chandrasekhar who took three for 50 in the Leeds Test against the hosts in 1967.
Ishant Sharma’s four four-wicket haul in Test cricket in England are the most for an Indian bowler in England. Subhash Gupte, Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma and Zaheer Khan all took three four-wicket hauls.
India now have taken all 20 wickets of the opposition in their last six away Test matches starting from the second Test match in Sri Lanka. Their longest streak outside India was a five-match streak between 2004 and 2005.
Ashwin’s match figures of seven for 121 are the third best for an Indian spinner in a Test match in England. BS Chandrasekhar took eight for 114 at The Oval in 1971 while EAS Prasanna took seven for 111 also at Edgbaston in 1967.
Sam Curran is the youngest England player and overall the eighth youngest to score a fifty and also bag a four-wicket haul in the same Test match.
England’s total of 180 is their lowest Test total against India at home in the last 32 years.