1st Test: Stokes, Curran destroy India's middle order

1st Test: Stokes, Curran destroy India's middle order

1st Test: Stokes, Curran destroy India's middle order

"It makes for a very entertaining series, so we'll see how things pan out over the course of the five Test matches".

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

England lost three wickets for eight runs in 25 balls as a promising 216 for three was transformed into 224 for six.

On the other hand, his opposing captain for the series, Joe Root, has managed only five centuries out of the 29 fifty-plus scores, which is among the lowest.

At that stage England, who won the toss, would have been disappointed at being dismissed for under 300 on a good batting pitch as they marked their 1,000th Test with an all-too familiar batting collapse.

His contest with Broad reflected that with the England man conceding just 5 runs off 15 balls for one dismissal - caught by Cook at first slip in the second Test.

The return of Shami for his second spell did for Jennings (42) and ended a 72-run second-wicket stand with Root in curious circumstances.

On 97, Stokes dropped short and Kohli leaned back to punch the ball through point for four, before letting out a loud roar in celebration. Hardik Pandya chipped in with a 22 run knock as well but was unable to carry on and build a partnership with Kohli. He finished the 2014 tour with an average of 13.40 and was undone by Anderson, who dismissed him four times in 10 innings.

Such was the dominance of the 29-year-old captain, the next top scorer for India was opener Shikhar Dhawan with 26.

Root formed a fruitful partnership with Jonny Bairstow (70) - the pair adding 104 to the total by the time Root was run out by opposite number Virat Kohli.

Keaton Jennings survived on nine when Ajinkya Rahane dived in front of Kohli off Ishant Sharma, from fourth across third slip, but could not hold the edge.

"It just happens to be the ball before I got out and suddenly there's a huge sort of hoo-ha about a pigeon". Vijay and Dhawan strode out to bat and as expected the lengths were pitched up enticing the drive.

In going past 39, he'd already bettered his top score from the 2014 tour and soon England was on the defensive, spreading the field.

First to go was Vijay (20), plumb LBW to a late inswinger, then KL Rahul (4) played on to leave the tourists on 54 for two.

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