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Day 1, report: Kohli seemed ready to mark the first 63-year test in England to start on a serene ton Saturday until the spider of Adil Rashid defeated him, but the batsman of India & # 39; s champion did the most to guide them to 307-6 on a fascinating first day.
With England leading 2-0 in the series with five games, Joe Root decided to again attack the brittle top order of India after winning the throw and forced Chris Woakes with three wickets in the morning session to to bring tourists back to 82-3.
But Kohli, who seemed amidst his batting ruins, again dug deeply and, skilfully assisted by Ajinkya Rahane in a splendid 159-run fourth-wicket partnership, led his side from another dangerous situation.
The pair struck during the afternoon session when the ball could no longer scramble and by far brought India's best combination from the series to Rahane after the tea was picked up for 81 by Stuart Broad, thanks to the dazzling left-handed slip of Alastair Cook
Kohli, who had finished his 18th test fifty, went on confidently and looked forward to his 23rd half, and the second of the series, until he was tempted to drive to a rare Rashid-turner who was Ben Stokes absorbed.
It was Stokes' major contribution to his return to the side four days after he was acquitted. He had received applause when he came bowling in the morning, but not at his best, delivered 15 wicket-free surpluses on 54 runs.
Instead, it was the lesser predicted all-rounder Woakes, centurion and man of England's match in the second test victory at Lord & # 39; s, which was central.
Shikhar Dhawan, restored on the side in the place of Murali Vijay, and KL Rahul had started well with India & # 39; s highest partnership of the series – 60 – until the Kohli-Rahane connection, while the English pacemans did not breakthrough.
Woakes saw the potential game-changer again, after Dhawan had landed on the slip for 35, Rahul had caught lbw for 23 and Cheteshwar Pujara (14) lured into a hook at the stroke of lunch directly in the hands of Rashid went on the border.
Kohli was undoubtedly unimpressed when he saw the prospect of having to save another sinking ship, but he found an assured partner in the 30-year-old Rahane.
After Kohli's 152-ball stay, 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made an undefeated 22 on debut alongside Hardik Pandya, who became James Anderson's 100th Indian test victim to leave the game tactfully.
With contributions from Reuters
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