Ben Stokes starred with the ball in the first session of the fourth day of the opening Test as England beat India by 31 runs to take 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series on SaturdayThis victory also means that England won their 1000th Test match. Virat Kohli was key for the visitors as India needed 84 runs to win on Day 4. But superlative bowling performances from the England pacers did not let the visitors gatecrash their 1000th Test party. James Anderson struck in the very first over of the day removing Dinesh Karthik, which meant that the onus was on Kohli and Hardik Pandya to take India home. Both the right-handed batsmen kept India in the hunt as the Kohli scored his 17th Test fifty. However, a bowling change did the trick for the hosts as Ben Stokes trapped Kohli LBW right after he struck a patient 50.(Play fantasy league and win cash daily)
After Kohli's dismissal, the weight was transferred to Hardik's shoulder as he was joined by Ishant Sharma in the middle. A couple of boundaries from both Hardik and Ishant gave the Indian side a bit of hope. Looking for a miracle, Joe Root brought Adil Rashid in the bowling attack, who removed Ishant Sharma for 11. With one wicket needed for victory, the English camp was pumped up and looked to dismiss the last Indian batsman. Stokes, the English all-rounder, stole the show as he forced Hardik to poke at an away-going delivery which nestled in the safe pair of hands of Alastair Cook. Ben Stokes finished the match with figures of 6/113 and youngster Sam Curran was adjudged as Man of the Match. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs England, 1st Test, DAY 4, straight from the Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham
17:05 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
17:01 IST: And it is over! England beat India by 31 runs in the first Test to lead the five-match series 1-0.
17:00 IST: OUT!! Ben Stokes gets the last wicket of Hardik Pandya as he edges the ball to Alastair Cook at slips.
16:56 IST: Stat -- Hardik Pandya (22+28*) becomes the only second Indian batsman to aggregate 50+ runs in this Test match. His skipper, Virat Kohli, the other made 200 runs.
16:50 IST: India need 36 runs to win, England one wicket away from a famous victory.
16:47 IST: Four! Stokes bowls a length delivery outside off and Hardik lifts him over mid-off for a boundary. A much-needed boundary for the visitors.
16:45 IST: News coming in: Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee and has received one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.
16:42 IST: India 154/9, need 40 runs to win. Can Hardik Pandya defy the odds to help India register the win?
16:41 IST: OUT!! There is still drama left in the game. Ishant Sharma is trapped leg before for 11 as Adil Rashid strikes. The change in bowling worked for Joe Root.
16:37 IST: A change in bowling. Adil Rashid replaces Sam Curran.
16:33 IST: India 152/8, need 42 runs to win. With the boundaries coming for India, Suddenly a lot of chirping from the English side. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes involved in a "friendly" exchange with Hardik.
16:31 IST: Four! 150 comes up for India, courtesy Ishant Sharma's second boundary of the over. Stokes bangs the ball in, Ishant defends but manages to edge the ball over the short third man for another boundary.
16:30 IST: Four! Ishant Sharma, the new man in, gets his first boundary. Stokes provide a bit of width outside off and Ishant plays with low hand and guides the ball past the short third man for a boundary. Stokes is not impressed but Joe Root has a smile on his face.
16:25 IST: ICC describing the fans' emotion.
16:21 IST: OUT!! Ben Stokes strikes twice in the same over. Mohammed Shami departs for a duck. The English all rounder is turning it around for the hosts. India 141/8, need 53 runs to win.
16:18 IST: OUT!! Massive, massive moment in the game and yes, Ben Stokes does give England the much-needed breakthrough. Virat Kohli departs shortly after his 17th Test fifty. The Ben Stokes delivery pitched in and around the middle stump, straightened up and rapped Kohli on the pads. Kohli, looking to clip the ball on the leg-side, misses and is caught plumb.
STOKES. GETS. KOHLI.— ICC (@ICC) August 4, 2018
The Indian captain gets to fifty but then he's pinned in front, and not even a review can't save him. Soon after he gets Mohammed Shami, and England are two away.#ENGvIND LIVE https://t.co/jre8L0pd2t pic.twitter.com/Eya8o783Mz
16:16 IST: Ben Stokes replaces James Anderson. Can he give England a much-needed breakthrough?
16:15 IST: India need 53 runs to win.
16:13 IST: Four and Four!! Hardik Pandya is taking the attack to Stuart Broad. First, he drives the over-pitched delivery straight down the ground past mid-off, and then follows it up with a well-timed clip.
16:09 IST: Virat Kohli has score 200* runs till now in the first Test and has been dismissed only once.
16:08 IST: Four! Anderson strays down the leg side and Kohli tucks the ball away for a boundary. He also brings up his 17th Test fifty.
16:03 IST: Four! Fans welcome the first boundary of the day. Stuart Broad bowls a full length delivery, Hardik stands tall and drives the ball straight down the ground for a boundary. That was crunched!
16:00 IST: India need 73 more runs to win. England need four wickets.
15:59 IST: That was close! Anderson bowls a short of a length delivery, Hardik pushes forward to defend but the ball shapes away at the last moment to miss the right-handed batsman's outside edge by milimetres.
15:57 IST: Stat -- Six overs have been played since the start of play and Kohli has faced only 7 balls.
15:55 IST: Broad bowls a well-directed short length delivery and Kohli does well to defend and keep the ball down as it hits the handle of the ball.
15:52 IST: Five overs have been bowled in the first session and India have scored 9 runs.
15:45 IST: Both Kohli and Hardik's innings will be important for India if they are to win the opening Test.
15:40 IST: After losing Dinesh Karthik early in the first session of the day, Kohli and Padnya are being watchful and are rotating the strike with singles at the moment. Meanwhile, Kohli is nearing his 17th Test fifty.
15:38 IST: Having batted four times in the second innings, Hardik Pandya averages only 3.67.
15:35 IST: Hardik Pandya is the new man in.
15:33 IST: OUT! And James Anderson strikes in the first over of the day. Anderson's good length delivery shapes back into the right-handed batsman and crunches him for space. The ball takes the outside edge of Karthik's back and Dawid Malan, in the slips, takes a fine, low catch. India 112/6, need 82 more runs to win.
15:31 IST: First ball -- Fuller length delivery from Anderson shapes away from outside of off and Karthik watchfully lets the ball go.
15:30 IST: Dinesh Karthik on the strike and is all set to face the first ball of the fourth day. James Anderson to start the proceedings.
15:20 IST: Ten minutes to go for the start of the match. Stay tuned.
15:10 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the fourth day of the opening Test between India and England straight from the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
The Delhi pacer recorded his 8th five-wicket haul, including three in an over, to leave India with a target of 194 to win with more than two days' play left. England's 1,000th Test had threatened to end in an embarrassing defeat with more than two days remaining as they collapsed to 87 for seven in their second innings. But Sam Curran had different plans. The star performer of England's second inning struck his maiden Test fifty, that came off just his second match in the longest format of the game. It was an impressive effort by the 20-year-old Curran, batting at No 8 which came just a day after the Surrey left-arm swing bowler had taken Test-best figures of four for 74.
"I had goosebumps listening to the Barmy Army chants and that first hour tomorrow (Saturday) is going to be crucial," Curran said. "If we can bowl well and take a couple up top, we will hopefully win." But it also showed the poor display by England's top order, with the next best score in the innings being Jonny Bairstow's 28, leaving India with a potentially awkward chase. It was also 20 runs more than their highest fourth-innings Test-winning total in England of 174 for six at The Oval in 1971 during their first victory in a Test on English soil.