Virat Kohli The Inspiration Behind Sam Curran's Match-Saving Fifty At Edgbaston

06 August, 2018, 02:48 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Sam Curran, with his 63-run knock, led a stunning rearguard fight to help the hosts extend their lead to 193 after being down 87 for seven at one stage. Curran took four wickets where Anderson, Rashid and Stokes took two wickets each for England.

Joe Root glowed with pride at England's skill and resilience as they edged a thrilling win over India in their landmark 1,000th Test. This was after Ben Stokes ran through the Indian lower order and returned with figures of 4/40.

For as long as Kohli was batting in India's second innings, they had hope of reaching a victory target of 194.

Revealingly, Bayliss indicated England might need more than one player to compensate for Stokes's absence.

"I ve got no concerns about it - Ben has no concerns about it (either)", he said. "It always has been".

Replacing Stokes, as England found during the Ashes, is desperately hard. It means that someone else has got to take up the slack.

"It's been that way for a while".

Stokes's on-field failures can be as great as his successes - the prime example being when Carlos Brathwaite hit him for four successive sixes to snatch a stunning win for West Indies in the last over of the 2016 World Twenty20 final.

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Curran has said that he takes inspiration from senior colleague Ben Stokes as he goes about shaping his global career.

Kohli hardly had any support from the specialist batsmen but Ishant and Umesh stuck in and batted 32 balls between them as the captain smashed the English attack all over the park, adding 92 runs with the No. 10 and 11.

"At Edgbaston, the batting has to be taken in context", Bayliss said.

After three quick wickets falling, Rahane provided that stability and looked comfortable against the bowlers. "I think it made us stronger as a family and me stronger as a person". But he was even more impressive on the third day with the bat. India are a very good team. On another day I could have got him and we could be in a much different position now. When the ball's moving, we've shown that a few of their guys do struggle. But he did admit that when India had the "initiative" they failed to grab it and that it had cost them dearly.

Bayliss also defended England's slip catching, suggesting the best fielders were already in the cordon.

India's linchpin spinner was able to nip in the bud of risky Jos Buttler.

Kohli also likes control, which is why he withdrew Ashwin immediately after Curran got after him.

As Joe Root and Kohli, waiting on the outfield for their TV interviews, chatted quietly together, their body language emitted mutual warmth and respect. I know Stokesy will get brought up but he's a very reluctant slipper. It's just that bit of anxiety or stiffening of hands as it comes along. Malan and Bairstow battled hard and kept ticking runs to take England's lead to 83 runs. It's just disappointing, more so for them than anyone else. But it wasn't immediately obvious how he was going to forge a long-term career in the team, especially in less helpful conditions away from home.

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