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Lucky Locket Looses Charm As England Thrashes India In The 1st Test By 31 Runs

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| August 4 , 2018 , 19:08 IST

Virat Kohli led Indian team failed to capitalize the golden opportunity to beat England in their den as the host wrapped up the entire Indian team in just 54.2 overs to clinch victory in the 1st Test by 31 runs at Edgbaston on Saturday.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes dented India, producing an impressive spell with the ball as he picked up 4 crucial wickets to register one of his best figures 4/40 in the 1st session of the fourth day resulted in Indian team collapsing at 162/10.

This victory also means that England won their 1000th Test match in thumping style.

The match was nicely poised in the morning with India required 84 runs to register a well-deserved victory and the English team needed just 5 wickets to win their 1000th Test.

India's hope was pinned on Virat Kohli and even Captain knew it very well that he had a responsibility to take his team over the line.

James Anderson struck in the very first over of the day removing well settled Dinesh Karthik, which meant that the onus was on Kohli and Hardik Pandya to take India home.

But Kohli too failed and so did Hardik Pandya, Kohli soon fell prey to Ben Stokes after reaching to his 17th Test fifty and as an in-swinging length ball outside off stump on the front foot flick and hit his pad and the umpire verified after the referral.

Hardik Pandya also fell to the quality pace bowling by Ben Stokes who ended Indian hopes by picking up the last wicket.

The question also arises whether India missed the services of their all-time solid No.3 player Cheteshwar Pujara.

Why did the team management not prefer Pujara who had a better record than KL Rahul?

Do the entire Indian batting line-up depends heavily on Kohli?

It will be interesting whether the management will speak on it.