Root run-out sparks England collapse

Being Rashid

Being Rashid

England skipper Joe Root was once again denied a century, this time run out for 80 by a brilliant direct hit by Virat Kohli to pull back the home team's surge on the final session of Day 1 in the opening test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Celebrating the dismissal, Kohli appeared to do a mic drop, an act commonly associated with rappers and comedians to signal the end of a statement so definitive it can not be followed.

Root's dismissal sparked a batting collapse on day of the first test.

The reason why was plain as day - he was mocking Root's gesture after he clinched the one-day worldwide series with a second successive hundred. Kohli said: "Mic drop..." Root then did the mic drop, dropping his bat having accomplished the task.

Joe Root will continue to captain the side while Jos Buttler, who has been in the best form of his life recently, will be the vice-captain.

Stokes and Curran (24no) added some gloss to the score but, in truth, England's innings had a very familiar feel to it as they again failed to cash in with first-innings runs on a good batting track - India adding the scalps of Adil Rashid (13) and Stuart Broad (1) late on with the second new ball.

Just when the Bairstow-Root partnership looked threatening he was run out.

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Ravi Ashwin finished with 4-60, England would have been all out had a tough caught-behind chance been held when Sam Curran (24 not out) edged Mohammad Shami's penultimate ball of the day.

Root and Bairstow got their runs off only 138 balls as England crossed 200 in the 62nd over and were looking set for a strong total before things unravelled in the most odd fashion.

Only Cook fell in the first session, his front-foot defence defeated by a flawless off-break from Ashwin - repaying his introduction in only the seventh over, despite being India's sole spinner here, with telling drift from round the wicket before the ball turned and dislodged the off-bail.

That breakthrough, India's first, came in the ninth over of the day, shortly after Keaton Jennings had been dropped on nine by Ajinkya Rahane at fourth slip, off Ishant Sharma, in an otherwise frustrating morning for the tourists.

The opener managed only to push the ball down into his crease off back-foot defence, then onto his foot before it trickled back onto the base of the stumps.

It is a matter of mere hours now before the most-anticipated Test cricket contest of the year - the five-match series between India and England - gets underway.

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