Kohli's 'mic drop' gesture adds to the spectacle, says Root

On a high Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls

Ashwin was the chief destroyer for India, taking 4-60, while fast bowler Mohammed Shami chipped in with 2-64 on a wicket of even pace and true bounce that was good for batting.

Kohli struck a majestic 22nd Test hundred, as India didn't let advantage slip on day two at Edgbatson.

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.

Anushka Sharma has been a constant fixture on the stands, as Virat Kohli smashes run after run on the field.

The India captain reminded everyone why he, when on song, is the best batsman in the world.

Kohli celebrated the dismissal with a "mic drop" gesture, pretending to drop an imaginary microphone, just as Root had done a month earlier when he clinched the one-day worldwide series with a second successive hundred.

England's 20-year-old seamer understandably had mixed feelings in just his second Test. The hosts lost Alastair Cook for nought as they closed on nine for one, a lead of 22.

Root tried to steal a second run off Ravichandran Ashwin but Kohli ran quickly, picked up the ball and threw it in one swift motion to knock down the stumps with a direct hit. He sent down 15 of the first 16 overs of the innings from the City End, desperately seeking a wicket. He scored 149 out of India's 274 runs, with none of the other batsmen managing to cross the 30 run mark itself.

Given the pace he bowls at, and his height, he needs the ball to swing to be threatening but, with a good breeze assisting him, he bowled the ideal full length, encouraged the ball to swing and looked unsafe.

Virat's dominance can be seen in the stats as R Ashwin got out at 169 after that visitors added 109 runs in which Shami, Ishant and Umesh added 8 runs. Kohli has taken that prediction and run with it.

As for his own performance, Curran said: "Personally, it was a pretty special day for me with the ball".

And after passing 100 he turned the screw, adding another 57 runs with the tail to take India to within parity of England's first-innings total. However, the entire scenario changed after Sam Curran was introduced into the attack by Joe Root.

At the end of the day, India were unable to complete the chase but Virat Kohli's 141 was a clear indication of his brand of aggressive cricket. 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.



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