India limp to 76 for three after Curran strikes

Joe Root was run-out for 80

Joe Root was run-out for 80

Here's how they got on against the upbeat Indians.

The India captain reminded everyone why he, when on song, is the best batsman in the world. He is a superstar who is not afraid to speak his mind, as with Wednesday's overzealous mic-drop send off for opposite number, Joe Root, but the fact is he backs it up out in the middle - and never more so that here.

India's last two wickets added 92 runs before Kohli was finally last man out after he misjudged leg spinner Adil Rashid's delivery and was caught by Stuart Broad at point. When asked if the India captain's innings was essentially standing between England and victory after a thrilling third day, Anderson admitted that was "more than likely" the case.

Post lunch, Sharma didn't allow Jos Buttler (1) to get settled, nicking him off on the second ball after resumption of play.

Yesterday we saw his skill with the ball, pitching it up, swing bowling and getting good players out.

AFTERNOON SESSION (India 160-6, England 287): What a session that was, it was Test cricket at its best - high drama, tension and sporting intensity.

The groundsman here at Edgbaston has to take a lot of credit for that, he's produced a great pitch; you can bat on it, as Virat Kohli has shown, you can definitely bowl seam on it and there's been a bit of spin as well so it's a wonderful surface.

The second session started as the first had ended, with a wicket. In-between Malan's errors, Cook also shelled a chance at first slip. It was the all-rounder's 100th Test wicket and evidence, if any were needed, of just what an exciting talent he is. The right-hander thanked his lucky stars as he was dropped twice on a score of 21 and 51 by Dawid Malan at slip.

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Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, admitted that it had been brilliant.

James Anderson was England's most economical bowler with 41 runs off 22 overs while Curran bagged four wickets.

The outcome of England's 1,000th Test was on a knife-edge after they and India traded memorable blows on a compelling third day at Edgbaston. The good news is he strikes me as someone who's willing to look honestly at his own game, and has the desire to improve.

As the bowlers relaxed for a while, Sam Curran walked in to bat and scored a quick-fire 63 to take his team out of the trouble and take them to a decent position.

India, chasing a target of 194 to win the thrilling match, were 110/5 at stumps, needing 84 to win.

However, it was Curran who put a fearless fight and stood firm at one end despite English batting kept tumbling, Curran forged 48 run partnership with Rashid for their 8th wicket partnersip and then in similar fashion further added 41 runs with Broad for 9th wicket.

And India's hopes again hinged on skipper Virat Kohli, who looked a cut above the rest as he finished unbeaten on 43.

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