Virat Kohlis maiden Test ton in England keeps things even

India captain Virat Kohli exults after reaching his maiden Test century on English soil at Edgbaston Thursday

It became 54-2 in three balls as number three batsman KL Rahul (4) played a loose shot and diverted a thick inside edge onto his stumps. Interestingly, Virat Kohli's celebration on the ground after hitting a century was also eye-catching.

The hosts lead by 22 runs with nine second-innings wickets remaining heading into the third day.

England lost only Alastair Cook in the first session after Joe Root chose to bat in their 1,000th Test against India at Edgbaston.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the second day of the first Test match between India and England showed the crowd at Edgbaston why he is considered the best batsman in the world.

India then squandered a watchful start to slip to 76/3 at lunch as Kohli remained undefeated with Rahane.

Unstoppable Virat Kohli single-handedly dragged India to 274, just 13 runs behind England's first innings score.

As he steadily ran out of partners, Kolhi managed to keep the strike in what proved to be a memorable 225-ball knock before being caught by Stuart Broad off Adil Rashid.

Virat Kohli smashed 22 fours and a six on his way to a mammoth 149 against England on Thursday.

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Bairstow, who had shared a stand of 104 for the fourth wicket with Root, chopped a ball from Umesh Yadav on to his stumps for 70 before Jos Buttler was trapped lbw by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for nought. Two overs later, Dinesh Karthik failed to fend off a full inswinger and was bowled for a four-ball duck as India were reduced to 100-5.

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On his own performance, which included three wickets in eight balls to make the morning England's, Curran said: "Personally it was pretty special".

India have always been criticised for their poor close catching but England's slip cordon is not the most reliable either and, with the tourists still on 100, two chances went begging.

Behind Root as he stormed off, Kohli celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice, putting his finger to his lips and adding a "mic-drop" - mocking Root's gesture last month, after he had clinched the one-day global series at Headingley with a second successive hundred.

That was the last delivery of the over and the next ball saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya missed on nought when Cook dropped a routine first-slip chance off Stokes.

Ben Stokes and Sam Curran shared six wickets as the visitors found themselves in a precarious situation at tea on day two.

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