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England face record chase after Kohli smashes India to huge lead

22 August 2018

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has given his verdict on Virat Kohli's performances in the ongoing tour of England, saying that the India captain has put debates around his "final frontier" to rest.

In the end, ninth wicket pair Adil Rashid - dropped by Kohli on 22 off Shami - and Stuart Broad played freely on an easy pitch under the sun. The Day 4 of the Test match begins at 3:30 PM IST (11:00 AM, UK time).

Buttler and Stokes are two men facing questions and known to play aggressively.

In his first match of the series, following a thumb injury in a Twenty20 against Ireland in Malahide on June 27, Bumrah bowled 26 overs on Tuesday that included an impressive pre-lunch spell of one for 10 in nine.

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England needed wickets at regular intervals to restrict India from putting a big number on the scoreboard but failed miserably as the duo batted England nearly out of the game on the third day.

India crossed 200 in the 63rd over with Kohli and Pujara bringing up their 100-run partnership off 270 balls.

But whereas Watson and Bailey's celebrated partnership helped England to a battling draw, Buttler and Stokes appear merely to have delayed an India win.

At a time when the lure of lucrative T20 franchise contracts is stronger than it has ever been and Test cricket has struggled in many countries to compete with shorter formats, Buttler reaffirmed that a Test century was more satisfying than any of his white-ball achievements. After being dismissed for just 161 runs in their first innings, the England batsmen are low on confidence. Buttler playing 176 balls with 21 boundaries but more importantly Stokes, who consumed 187 deliveries, hitting only six fours.

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They were able to take England through to Tea, a wicketless session, with a 100-run stand off 195 balls.

However India still have the upperhand as England need another 348 runs in their pursuit of 521.

There were many play-and-miss deliveries, but nothing came forth for the bowlers. Assisted by overcast conditions suited to swing and seam bowling, the Indian pace trio of Ishant Sharma (2/24), Mohammed Shami (1/28) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/26) got rid of the English top order.

Two overs later and Ishant was celebrating the removal of England's other opener Alastair Cook who edged to Lokesh Rahul at second slip. Well, Anderson had just induced Virat Kohli into a couple of false shots outside off-stump.

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India outclassed England on all fours in the first three days of the match. And now, in 2018, Kohli has notched up his second century in three Tests against the England side, which has the same bowler who had dismissed him seven times in 2014 - James Anderson. This they achieved, with Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the vanguard, as India declared on a mammoth lead of 520 late on the third evening.

England face record chase after Kohli smashes India to huge lead