England cricket team won the first test series beating Indian cricket team by 31 runs. In the fourth day of the series, all the hopes were on the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, however, Ben Stokes ’ in-dipping delivery dismissed Virat Kohli.

Once Virat was sent back to pavilion, the match turned towards the England cricket team as they sealed the enthralling Test match at Edgbaston to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. It was a one man show with the bat for Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli scored a 200 but couldn’t let his team cross the line and lead the game.

It all started with India loosing the toss, England chose to bat first. The first day saw an amazing performance from the openers of the team, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. The England cricket team were bundled out on  for 287 runs.

In the second day, it was India’s turn to chase the target scores. However, India failed to chase the score but it was Virat Kohli’s amazing performance which stole all the limelight away from the winning team. He went on to score 149 runs.

It were the Indian bowlers who took the charge and kept the opposition on the tenterhooks. Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma bundled up all the top and middle order batsmen. He made everyone nostalgic with his five wicket haul. They restricted the target scores for the day at 180.

https://www.facebook.com/3-Format-470651059956961/ Test cricket at it's best. Who says test cricket is boring actually real treat for a cricket lover is to watch test cricket nothing more than that. So the 1st Test match [email protected] Indian Cricket Team and @England Cricket is done and dusted. what a match this was once we feel england all over then suddenly momentum shifts towards india and looking india's game so that's the way game went to the 4th day of first test match and england who is on the winning side by there whole team effort. so the story is On 1st day india's bowler bowled very well and root&bairstow played brillliantlly, on the second england bowlers bowled well and @Virat Kohli show,on 3rd day again india bowled well and sam curran batted brilliantlly and on the 4th day england sealed the victory and take the lead in 5 match series by 1-0.from india feel for kohli what an innings he played in both the innings first get his first hundred against england in england in test matches broke the failures of last time and ishant sharma bowled superbly as he taken his 8th fivfer of his career on the other side from england sam curran gives england everything they needed wicket,runs everthing.sam curran is good find for england. both the teams look after there batting unit. disappointing dispaly of batting from both the sides except kohli and curran and in the end we are done with the 1st match and hope this kind of matches happen in remaining series so let's look it now can india comeback strongly or england stretch there lead in @Lord's Cricket Ground. Match summary ENGLAND- 287-10(89.4) 1st innings joe root- 80(156) jonny bairstow- 70(88) Ravichandran ashwin- 26-62-4 mohammad shami- 19.4-64-3 INDIA-274-10(76) Virat kohli- 149(225) Shikhar dhawan- 26(46) sam curran- 17-74-4 james anderson- 22-41-2 ENGLAND-180-10(53) 2nd innings sam curran- 63(65) ishant sharma- 13-51-5 INDIA- 162-10(54.2)2nd innings Virat kohli-51(93) Ben stokes- 14.2-40-4 MN OF THE MATCH- SAM CURRAN England beat India by 31 runs in 1st test match at @Edgbaston Cricket Ground and take lead 0f 1-0 in 5 test match series #INDvsENG

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However, the Indian cricket team couldn’t chase the target runs in the fourth day of the match, which turned the tables. Ben Stokes made an impressive effect and finished off with 4/40, including the absolutely vital wicket of Captain Kohli.

After the match, here’s what Man of the match, Sam Curran said :

I can’t take it all at the moment. It is all very special and feels like a dream. Just couldn’t get any sleep last night. Obviously when Jimmy took Karthik out first up it gave us a lot of confidence.

Luckily for Stokesy, he got a perfect spell this morning and changed it for us. I just try to take it like another game, but it is quite hard with the Barmy Army chanting out there, but I look to take it all in and am trying to learn in only my second game.

To be honest, I looked to learn from how Virat batted with the tail in the first innings. I spoke to Kumar (Sangakkara) the other day in the hotel and he told me a thing or two about batting with the tail and was lucky it all came off the middle in the end.

This (Test cricket) is what I always wanted – playing Test cricket in front of these big crowds, with these guys I have grown up watching and I am looking to learn everything I can from guys like Jimmy, Broad, Stokes everyday.”

Joe Root, the captain of England cricket team said :

I am thrilled to bits. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit more than anything. The easy thing to do is to criticize the batters, but it isn’t easy taking 20 wickets on a pitch like this.

Coming into today, it was going to be stiff challenge and we knew that if we stayed calm throughout, we would give ourselves the best chance to win.

I felt quite calm, might not have appeared to be but it is something I need to work on. That is what the atmosphere is all about, this is why Test cricket is this special – it throws up so many things through the day and we did a good job in staying calm and kept believing in each other.

We were really good in staying quite calm, trusting the stuff that worked for us previously and we made sure we didn’t get ahead of ourselves. After three days of fantastic cricket from both sides, it gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game.

It is a great start for us in the series, we know there is a lot of work to be done, but it gives us a lot of confidence. It shows that there is so much more than just skills, runs and wickets when it comes to Test cricket at this level.

You need some inner belief and steeliness that we have a lot in our dressing room. It is a great time for us and hopefully we can use it going forward. Sam Curran has a great amount of skill; great having him in our side and very exciting and promising cricketer.

He just didn’t seem to feel any sort of pressure with the bat and we just love having him in our side,quite like having two Ben Stokes in the side.

He is only in his second Test and it is easy to get carried away, but a great prospect for us. It is easy to make an emotional decision right now (for the next Test), but we need to sit outside with the team management and decide for Lord’s depending on the surface. “

The skipper of Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli said :

First of all, it was a great game of cricket for all those watching at home and here in the stadium. Glad to be a part of such an exciting Test match; there were a couple of moments when we came back.

A team like England doesn’t let you do it everyday, they were relentless and they made us work very hard for our runs. It sets up the series nicely and gives us what we need to do going forward. Our shot selection could have been better.

We definitely need to apply ourselves better with the bat, but England came back superbly. We need to take the positives and move forward. We can be proud as a team to start against England in England the way we have.

There is a lot to learn from the lower order in the first innings, Ishant and Umesh got stuck in the middle. Ishant showed character here, Umesh hung around with Hardik again.

There is no hiding from this game; we need to be positive, relentless and whatever the feelings are would come out now in no time. We need to take the negatives out and build on the positives as we go on.

From the team’s point of view, my innings in the first innings is right up there, perhaps second after the knock in Adelaide; it is something I will fondly remember. Had we won it would have been the best.

It always feels good when you can pull your side close to the first innings totals the oppositions have. One more partnership and we could have pulled this home.

We need to think how to regroup and get back for the next match. Test cricket is my favourite format, there is nothing better than testing yourselves over five days against top quality oppositions and people watching it too should love watching it. I am sure every player playing Test cricket would vouch for it as well.”

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