England beat India by 31 runs

India lost the first Test against England by 31 runs at the Edgbaston today. Chasing 194 to win, the visitors were all out for 162 on the fourth day of the opening Test.

First-innings centurion Virat Kohli again top-scored for India, the skipper making a valiant 51. Ben Stokes took three wickets on Day 4, one of which was that of Virat Kohli. He ends the second innings with four scalps to his name.

It was always going to be one too many for India to chase after Kohli’s dismissal and the last man to be dismissed was Hardik Pandya. England go into the second Test at Lord’s with a 1-0 lead.

Batting first, England were all out for 287 in the first innings and then bowled out India for 274 to take a slender lead. In their second essay, England were bundled out for 180, but they came back strongly with their bowlers helping the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

The 1,000th test match for England was evenly balanced as India resumed Day 4 at Edgbaston on 110-5 in its second innings, chasing 194 for victory.

 

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