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It was heartening too that when Anderson found the edge, Dawid Malan was safe at second slip.

England take on India in the second of the five Test series on August 9 at Lord's in London. Virat Kohli's 51 went in vain as Ben Stokes took 4-40 in the second innings along with 2-73 in the first innings.

It all started with the home side winning the toss and opting to bat first. "Back in the day I used to think about playing in different conditions, different countries, but when you become captain it's about taking your team across the line".

With Kohli's wicket, the match was all but lost.

Kohli shone with his maiden century on English soil and followed that with a valiant fifty in the second innings. He was 20 years and 60 days old at the start of this match. In the third session, India came to chase 194, but English bowlers made it hard for the batsmen right from the start as the hosts started pressurizing the Indian batters.

You cannot control if a ball will swing or not, but you can offer seam movement or turn, just enough so a batsman never feels in.

And with Kohli the dangerman at the crease there was always the chance that he would see the job through.

His "mic drop" celebration, Curran's six to bring up his half-century, the tension of the wickets falling on the final morning.

Following his Test aggregate of 200 runs, Kohli gained 31 points, which helped replace Steve Smith at the top for the first time in his 67-Test career. I don't dwell much into the way I have bowled, it is in the past as of now, it is important to try and learn from this game and take it to the next game. Obviously when Jimmy took Karthik out first up it gave us a lot of confidence.

"Stokesy has that knack".

But this time around, I was careful. Met Kumar the other day in the hotel and he spoke to me a bit about batting with the tail.

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Recently, we have seen many one-sided Tests, where one team gets on top and steamrolls to victory, with the opposition unable to mount any sort of resistance.

England captain Joe Root said the determination his team mates showed will prove vital going forward. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit. That's all you can ask as a captain... the guys to do as you ask, and under pressure to stay as calm as we did.

"Wherever you play in close games like this, you desperately want to be on the right side of it for so many reasons".

Malan made just 28 runs in the first Test in Birmingham and National Selector, Ed Smith, says Pope deserves a shot in the Test squad.

You need some inner belief and steeliness that we have a lot in our dressing room. They had long faces because they thought they were going to lose.

"Sam Curran has a great amount of skill, very exciting and promising cricketer".

An elated Stokes told Sky Sports: "Virat played a brilliant knock in the first innings but moments like that (getting him out) change games".

England beat India by 31 runs after they successfully defended 194, claiming early lead in the five-match series.

"The series is set up nicely now", he said.

Asked if it all added up to the best match he has played in, the Yorkshireman said: "It's up there".

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