A nervy India ended the scamper-packed third day of the first Test at a precarious A hundred and ten/5 © AFP
India had been A hundred and ten/5 of their 2d innings, wanting an additional 84 runs to attain their victory target of 194, at stumps on the third day of the first Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday. India captain Virat Kohli saved visitors’ hopes alive with a combating Forty three no longer out following a valiant knock of 149, his maiden Test ton in England, in the first innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik became unbeaten on 18. England dawdle battery, led by Stuart Huge, eradicated half of the Indian batting line-up under fine overcast conditions. The visiting batsmen had been either reckless with their shot various or got too appropriate deliveries to counter. Playing a skippers’ knock, Kohli now stands between victory and defeat for India. The 29-twelve months-extinct added 32 runs for the unbeaten sixth wicket with Karthik as the Test aloof hangs in steadiness with the first session on Saturday keeping the principal for both the perimeters. England did no longer must wait long for their first step forward as Huge (2/29) trapped Murali Vijay and then eradicated Shikhar Dhawan (Thirteen) caught in the attend of. KL Rahul (Thirteen) did no longer see too happy and became eradicated by Ben Stokes (1/25).Kohli survived an lbw call against Sam Curran (1/17) as DRS showed the ball crusing over middle stump.Earlier, India pushed aside England for 100 eighty of their 2d innings, with rapid bowler Ishant Sharma taking 5 wickets for 50 one in Thirteen overs.The Delhi pacer recorded his eighth five-wicket haul, in conjunction with three in an over, to switch away India with a target of 194 to resolve with more than two days’ play left.England’s 1,000th Test had threatened to terminate in an embarrassing defeat with more than two days final as they collapsed to 87 for seven of their 2d innings.However Sam Curran had varied plans. The principal particular person performer of England’s 2d inning struck his maiden Test fifty, that came off lawful his 2d match in the longest structure of the game. It became an spectacular effort by the 20-twelve months-extinct Curran, batting at No Eight which came lawful a day after the Surrey left-arm swing bowler had taken Test-most productive figures of 4 for 74.”I had goosebumps listening to the Barmy Navy chants and that first hour the following day (Saturday) is going to be wanted,” Curran acknowledged. “If we can bowl effectively and pick a couple up prime, we can confidently resolve.”However it surely additionally showed the dreadful convey by England’s prime present, with the following most productive gain in the innings being Jonny Bairstow’s 28, leaving India with a potentially awkward scamper.It became additionally 20 runs more than their highest fourth-innings Test-a hit whole in England of 174 for six at The Oval in 1971 for the length of their first victory in a Test on English soil.