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England Vs India: Twitterati feel for Virat Kohli as Team India go down in 1st Test

England Vs India: Twitterati feel for Virat Kohli as Team India go down in 1st Test

New Delhi, Aug 4: Ben Stokes' inspiring effort with the ball on the fourth day handed England a tense 31-run win over India in an enthralling first Test at Edgbaston on Saturday (August 4).

The match lasted just over three days but gripped its audience from start to finish, with England's bowlers finally getting the better of the magisterial Virat Kohli (51) to set up victory.

James Anderson said on Friday that he would go to bed dreaming of taking the wicket of Kohli, so troublesome in the first innings, but it was Stokes (4-40) who removed the India captain in a pivotal over in the morning session.

The tourists had been motoring towards their target, having started the day 84 runs short until the Durham all-rounder intervened and tipped a see-saw Test back in England's favour.

Hardik Pandya (31) remained at the crease to keep the visitors in the hunt as he hung into the middle, but Stokes took the decisive wicket to conclude a fine week of cricket for the home side.

India worked hard to get Hardik on strike and he resisted the urge to chase any singles as their target loomed large on the horizon with just one wicket remaining.

He could not evade Stokes, though, and an edge to first slip presented Alastair Cook with a simple catch, exorcising his own drop demons from earlier in the match and clinching a victory.

Indian skipper Kohli did the bulk of scoring for the tourists in both the innings, but he never managed to get the support from the other end. India's hopes of sneaking a win went bleak by no sooner than Kohli perished.

Several experts and fans felt bad for the Indian skipper who deserved to be on the winning side.

Here's how Twitterati reacted to Kohli's valiant effort that finally went in vain:

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Story first published: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 20:01 [IST]
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