Once Virat Kohli got out trying to flick the ball on the leg side and missed and was adjudget leg before wicket, the crowd at the Edgbaston Grounds rose in unision and heaved a huge sigh of relief, so too the English players, as it was Virat alone who stood tall against England.
Thereafter, it was only a matter of time as Hardik Pandya did try to get the runs but he had just taileneders to give him company.
For England, Ben Stokes with four wickets was the key man. He snared two wickets in an over, including the wicket of Kohli. Speaking soon after the match, Ben Stokes looked tired and lost for words, had this to say: It was great. We set it up magnificent with the ball. I think we were a bit behind. For Sam Curran to come out at his age and play [with the bat] that was a big turning point. It’s great to be a part of this game. It’s good. I don’t really know what to be feeling right now.
He [Kohli] played brilliantly in the first innings. He leaned over a bit and missed it for a change. Moments like that change the game. Great start to this tough five match series. We had all the confidence. These games are brilliant. We’ve taken a lot of stick and beating a team like India has probably closed a few mouths.