Virat Kohli pays back Joe Root with his own mic-drop celebration

Zaheer Khan Kuldeep Yadav England vs India 2018

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, belying his reputation as a poor performer outside the sub-continent, took four for 62 in 26 overs and Shami three for 64 in 19.4 overs. And after being bowled out for just 287 - having been 216-3 after winning the toss - they needed it.

The pair had so far added an unbroken 57 in 115 balls for the second wicket.

With Kohli just three shy of his hundred, Sharma's (5) luck ran out.

The Indian skipper ran out Root (80) with a direct hit when the home player was attempting to pull off a risky second single in the 63rd over.

With that Kohli went into attack mode, his aggressive running almost bringing the end for Shami, who was well short of his ground as Anderson's throw from the deep whistled just past the stumps.

No England batsman has more than two centuries in Root's reign, with the skipper matched by Alastair Cook, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.

Virat Kohli took a giant stride towards exorcising the ghosts of 2014 with a masterful century as he singlehandedly pulled India out of the woods against England on an eventful second day of the first Test. He still struggled to read which way Anderson was swinging the ball and the pace bowler found the edge of his bat four times.

Stokes dished out a short and wide delivery and Kohli smacked the leather to the point boundary to bring up his 22nd century in Test cricket.

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Booed by the crowd when he came out to bat, Kohli left to applause from the England fielders and fans alike.

After tea, Anderson finally got his wicket, nipping the ball off the seam to Ravi Ashwin (10) and pegging back his off stump.

Left-arm seamer Sam Curran rocked the Indian top order with triple blow leaving the visitors reeling on 76 for three at lunch on the second day of the first Test.

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.

Bairstow played on to paceman Umesh Yadav for 70, trying to cut a ball that was too close to him. The momentum changed and the hosts were reduced to 285 for nine on the opening day of the first cricket Test in Birmingham.

He also did the ´mic drop´ gesture in imitation of Root´s celebration of his one-day series-clinching hundred against India at the batsman´s Headingley home ground and the words Kohli appeared to utter in the batsman´s direction could attract the attention of match referee Jeff Crowe, the former New Zealand captain.

"We still bowled them out below our total so that's a huge positive".

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