Virat Kohli’s brilliant century frustrates England in India fightback

Vastavam web: Virat Kohli scored a gritty 149 to rescue India and leave the intriguing first test finely balanced as England were left to rue several missed chances before they ended the second day 22 runs ahead on Thursday.With England’s pace bowlers running through India’s much vaunted top order to leave them reeling on 100-5, it was left to captain Kohli to string together a series of partnerships as he seemed to be on a one-man mission to overhaul England’s first innings total of 287.

He was soon slipping off his wedding ring from around his neck and kissing it in a defiant message to his critics who had blamed for his poor form during the 2014 England series, when he averaged just 13.40, to his now wife Anushka.He continued to punish the England bowlers to notch up 22 boundaries and a six during his 225-ball knock.His dismissal gave England a slim 13-run first-innings lead after they bowled out the visitors for 274.Such was the dominance of the 29-year-old captain, the next top scorer for India was opener Shikhar Dhawan with 26.

“At one stage, we were staring down the barrel and Virat’s innings has narrowed down the gap between the two teams immensely,” assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said at a press conference. “The game is very finely poised now.”