The Hush Post: England beat India in a nailbiting first cricket Test match at Egbaston on Saturday by 31 runs.
Earlier, England had set a target of 194 runs for India in the second innings. India began on a wobbly note from the outset. Murali Vijay was the first to walk back to pavilion. He was out for 6 runs. He was followed by Shikhar Dhawan who was out for 13. At this point, India were 22 for the loss of two wickets.
Though KL Rahul made 13 runs of 24 balls but didn’t look at ease at the centre. Finally, he departed. He was followed by Ajinkya Rahane who scored just two runs. Ashwin made 12 who had come ahead of Hardik Pandya. With most of these batsmen, Virat Kohli stood his ground at the non-striking end and batted well to make a well-deserved half-century. Just when, it seemed he was well set and on his batting India may sail through, he was out LBW to Stokes.
After his exit, Hardik Pandya who scored a valuable 31 was left only with the tail-enders but even he ran out of patience and was caught to a waist-height delivery at the first slips while on the non-strikers end Umesh hadn’t opened his account. India’s score was 162 all out still 31 runs behind.
The highlights of the atch were a well-deserved century by captain Kohli int eh first innings and Ashwin reaching his 200th Test wicket. For England, Ben Stokes was the destroyer-in-chief who took four wickets including that of Pandya towards the end.