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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

Virat Kohli leads from the front again for India at Edgbaston to leave first Test with England in the balance

India's captain unbeaten on 43 at end of Day 3 of first Test as his side need 84 more runs to win with England needing five wickets

India's Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third day of the first Test against England. AFP
India's Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third day of the first Test against England. AFP

India were 110 for five in their second innings, needing a further 84 runs to reach their victory target of 194, at stumps on the third day of the first Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday.

India captain Virat Kohli was 43 not out following his first-innings 149, the star batsman's maiden Test century in England, with Dinesh Karthik unbeaten on 18

Earlier, India dismissed England for 180 in their second innings, with fast bowler Ishant Sharma taking five for 51 in 13 overs.

Sam Curran made 63, his maiden Test fifty coming in just his second match at this level.

His innings followed the 20-year-old Surrey left-arm swing bowler's Test-best return of four for 74 on Thursday.

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Curran acknowledged it was crucial England struck early on Saturday when play resumes at 2pm UAE time if they are to have any chance of preventing India winning at Edgbaston for a first time.

Curran told Sky Sports: "I think it's pretty even, they only need 84 and we still need five wickets. I think there's still a bit in the pitch for both teams.

"It's going to be close tomorrow, the first hour will be crucial - you'll win or lose the game in that first hour.

"If we can bowl well and take a couple up top, then (we'll) hopefully win."

Kohli holds the key for India and while Curran accepted his wicket is vital, he added: "We need to get four wickets at the other end as well. I think we bowled well again to him."

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