Chasing A Target Of 194, India 110/5 At Stumps At Edgbaston; Need Another 84 To Win


New Delhi: Going into the Edgbaston Test, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane explained why no batsman is ever in when the ball starts seaming around in England. By extension, it meant no bowler is ever out.

Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin put on another pace-spin show for India to raise victory hopes, but England pacers roared back after tea to leave the first Test tantalisingly poised on the third day.

India, chasing a target of 194 to win the thrilling match, were 110/5 at stumps, needing 84 to win. For those who feel Test cricket is on the decline, or put batsmen on top, it was thrilling to see bowlers from both sides turn the match into an absolute cracker.

And India’s hopes again hinged on skipper Virat Kohli, who looked a cut above the rest as he finished unbeaten on 43. Dinesh Karthi was on 18, the two having added 32 runs for the sixth wicket.

Kohli acknowledged conditions in his first-innings 149, and the situation again on Day 3. But after dismissing England for 180 in the second innings, he had to push for runs early as the top-order again collapsed in overcast conditions.

Kohli survived a leg before referral against all-rounder Sam Curran, but played fluent cover drives to be India’s big hope after the technique of M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul was exposed against Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes. Ajinkya

Rahane too failed a second time, nicking behind off Curran. India will have to achieve their biggest fourth innings chase in England, surpassing the 174 achieved at the Oval in 1971, to win.

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