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Ravi Shastri Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg Team India Victory Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mohammed Shami Ravi Shastri has lauded the players for the hard work
Jennie Wade | 03 August, 2018, 00:49

India were in bother at 182-8 but Kohli shepherded the strike expertly and led his side to 274 all out, trailing by just 13 on first innings.

The India captain blew his opposite number a kiss, put his finger to his mouth, appeared to summon some choice words - and also reminded Root of his own "mic-drop" gesture after his second successive century had clinched the one-day global series for England.

Kohli came into the series with huge questions marks about his ability to score in England - he averaged just 13.40 on India's last tour of England in 2014.

Shikhar Dhawan was the second highest run-getter after Kohli, scoring 26 at the top of the order.

At that stage England, who won the toss, would have been disappointed at being dismissed for under 300 on a good batting pitch as they marked their 1,000th Test with an all-too familiar batting collapse. Sam Curran was last out for 24.

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Winning the toss, England chose to bat first and despite stitching together a couple of 50-run partnerships and a single 100-run partnership, the Indian bowlers kept chipping in with wickets. I'm sure within the five-match series there will be plenty of that stuff going on.

It gets that monkey off his back, that question over whether he can perform in England - a top score of 39 before today - and what a time to do it! Murali Vijay (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) provided a solid platform as they repelled the new ball pairing of Anderson and Stuart Broad (0-40) for nearly an hour.

Ravi Ashwin, chosen as India's only spinner, finished with four for 60 - and his seam-bowling team-mate Shami has no issue with the tourists' selection. Only Tendulkar (51), Rahul Dravid (36), Sunil Gavaskar (34) and Virender Sehwag (23) have more Test hundreds than Kohli for India.

Teammates congratulate England's Sam Curran for the dismissal of India's Lokesh Rahul during the second day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. You can have a bit of a bounce but if the pace is not right, the batsmen will get a lot of time to play the same ball on the front and the back foot.

Curran hit the flawless length as first-change bowler and immediately trapped Vijay lbw in the 14th over.

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