Kohli believes and so do India!
Despite the dismissal of Hardik Pandya on the last ball, India have still edged Day 1 and if they can go beyond 350, it is game on.
An enthralling first day at Trent Bridge comes to a close with India 307/6. James Anderson dismissed Hardik Pandya with the final ball of the day to take his 100th wicket against India. #ENGvIND— ICC (@ICC) August 18, 2018
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The first day at Trent Bridge was very important in the context of the five-match Test series. Being already 0-2 down, if India had not put up a fight on Day 1, things could have gone south pretty drastically.
On top of all that, England won the toss and put India in to bat on a surface that appeared green. However, Shikhar Dhawan coming in place of Murali Vijay batted sensibly along with KL Rahul, covering the line of the ball and not fishing outside off stump. The two put on a 50-run partnership which helped to calm the nerves in the Indian dressing room.
Chris Woakes was brought into the attack as the second change and he proved his worth right away by dismissing Dhawan on one that went across the left hander with the angle. KL Rahul was the next wicket to fall, caught plumb in front of the wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara then played an inexplicable shot, pulling the ball straight into the hands of Adil Rashid at fine leg.
Being three down at Lunch did not bode well for the team. But, the two mainstays of the Indian middle order in captain Virat Kohli and vice captain Ajinkya Rahane played responsible knocks, pulling the momentum back in India's favour. The two put on an excellent 159-run partnership to take India past 300.
The tea break has arrived at Trent Bridge, and a wicket-less session has put India in the driving seat. Kohli and Rahane have both batted excellently having reached half-centuries ?? India: 189/3.#ENGvIND— ICC (@ICC) August 18, 2018
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Both Kohli (97) and Rahane (81) were dismissed while attempting attacking shots. While Kohli went for a booming drive on a generously flighted delivery from Adil Rashid, Rahane tried a glorious straight drive and Alastair Cook grabbed a sharp catch at first slip.
Just at the stroke of the close of play, Hardik Pandya could not resist extending his hands at one that was going away from him off James Anderson. Pandya was caught by Jos Buttler and India ended the day with 307 for 6.
With this, James Anderson registered a rare feat, picking up 100 or more wickets against two Test playing nations. The first being Australia, of course.
Despite Pandya's dismissal on the last ball,given the circumstances, India have still edged Day 1 and if they can go beyond 350, it is game on.
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