The big question at the start of day four of the first England vs India Test at Edgbaston was how much more could Indian captain Virat Kohli do. The answer, just not enough. However, that is not any reflection of Kohli’s inability by any account. He had a stellar match compiling 200 runs across two innings – the trouble was rest of Indian batters mustered 214 in the match.
England won by 31 runs, registering a thrilling win in their historic 1000th Test with Ben Stokes getting the prized wicket of Kohli for 51 in the 11th over of the day. Overnight batsman Dinesh Karthik was undone by James Anderson in the first over itself after which, Hardik Pandya applied himself well to support Kohli.
Pandya cautiously managed to hit four boundaries, but the going was slow against a disciplined England attack.
With a flick off Anderson towards fine leg, Kohli brought up his fifty but could only add one more run before he tried to play across a Stokes good length delivery and was trapped in front.
Mohammed Shami edged a back of length delivery to Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid picked up Ishant Sharma with a googly in his first over of the innings. Stokes finished off the match when Pandya edged a back-of-length delivery to Alastair Cook at slips as India were all out for 162.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
Awesome start! Gonna be a good series this…. 😁 #1-0 #ENGvIND Great work boys ! 🏏
— Sarah Taylor (@Sarah_Taylor30) August 4, 2018
Thrilling test match but England collectively were much better. Sam Curran's contribution with the bat yesterday eventually turned out to be the difference. India will look for more contributions from the other batsmen #ENGvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 4, 2018
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) August 4, 2018
That’s been a fantastic 3 days & 1 session .. Loved every single minute .. 2 teams giving it everything .. hope we have 4 more Tests exactly the same .. A Great 4 day Test Match !!! #ENDvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 4, 2018
Virat Kohli in this Test scored 200 runs in two innings, Rest of the India batsmen scored 214 runs in 20 innings. #EngvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 4, 2018
Massive win for Eng.India,a one man army?Looking at how Asian teams struggle with their batting in England,Pakistan’s Lords win by scoring a 364 in the 1st innings that too in May,terrific batting performance.India must regroup & get Pujara in..#ENGvIND
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) August 4, 2018
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 4, 2018
#TestCricket – enough said!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) August 4, 2018
You absolute beauty! What a win congrats to everyone involved! @englandcricket
— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) August 4, 2018
Test cricket at it’s supreme best!! #ENDvIND
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) August 4, 2018
— Ish Sodhi (@ish_sodhi) August 4, 2018
Must feel for Kohli. He'd kept his team alive in both innings. But the rest of the Indian batting was a shambles. Some tough questions need to be asked by the team management of the top order
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 4, 2018
— Chris Woakes (@chriswoakes) August 4, 2018
The charm of test cricket ✨ #ENDvIND
— Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) August 4, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) August 4, 2018
WHAT A TEST MATCH! @benstokes38 🔥
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) August 4, 2018
— Heather Knight (@Heatherknight55) August 4, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@MycricketTrolls) August 4, 2018
Stokes + Curran – 11 wkts @ 18.63
Anderson + Broad – 6 wkts @ 29.00
India had perhaps prepared for Anderson-Broad whereas Stokes and Curran came out of syllabus. #EngvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 4, 2018
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) August 4, 2018
Apparently, India played with 10 tail-enders and Virat Kohli. Feel for him.#ENGvIND
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) August 4, 2018
Hardik Pandya has more trust in Ishant's batting capabilities than his own it seems. During that stand Pandya faced only 3 balls and allowed Ishant to face 15.#ENGvIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 4, 2018
Maiden fifty ✅
Five wickets in the match ✅
Specsavers Man of the Match ✅ pic.twitter.com/PDo5DUvl0f
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 4, 2018