England beat India by 31 runs to take 1-0 lead

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Asked if it will be a case of dismissing Kohli on the fourth morning, or going 1-0 down in this Specsavers series, Anderson said: "More than likely, yes".

James Anderson (2-50) and Stuart Broad (2-43) took a brace each as England drew first blood in what promises to be an engrossing five-match series.

Stokes sank to his knees when he removed Kohli, knowing that it was the moment when a tense Test match turned in England's favour.

It all started with the home side winning the toss and opting to bat first.

"(But) I think it made us stronger as a family and me stronger as a person. The Middlesex man dropped centurion Kohli in the first innings and partly redeemed himself with a fine grab to set the ball rolling.

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

The India captain, already at the head of the equivalent one-day worldwide batting chart, found himself at the summit of these standings after scoring 149 - his maiden Test century in England - and 51 during the series opener at Edgbaston.

Kohli shone with his maiden century on English soil and followed that with a valiant fifty in the second innings.

"The way he played the first and second innings was high-class stuff", said Bayliss.

"The ball swung throughout and we felt we were always in the game".

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It brought Pandya to the crease, but Kohli was not yet ready to farm strike and trusted his partner. He once again didn't disappoint and scored a half-century in the chase.

The former India captain also warned against making wholesale changes in the wake of the defeat. I loathe practice for the sake of practice - that's why David Gower would have been my dream captain - but this undoubtedly made us better. I just wanted play my natural game, like I have been doing for Surrey.

"It will give us heaps of confidence. We just have to be positive, fearless, enjoy our cricket, take the negatives out of our cricket and look at the positives and build on those".

"He just managed to find the gap, or get down the other end - the way he batted with the tail was brilliant".

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Then new England vice-captain Jos Buttler was lbw for a second-ball duck, pushing forward to Ashwin - and after Ben Stokes poked a catch back at the off- spinner, it was left to Curran and Adil Rashid to limit the damage. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit. "It is easy to criticise both batters", he said, pointing to the game of modest totals.

"We did a good job in staying calm". We've got a few guys who are not necessarily cemented in the team and that puts extra pressure on people like Root, Bairstow and those guys to make the big scores. It is a fabulous advert for the game of cricket, isn't it?

You need some inner belief and steeliness that we have a lot in our dressing room. He should give them time & tell them to go out & play without any fear. Sam Curran has a great amount of skill; great having him in our side and very exciting and promising cricketer.

"It´s an area where we´ve struggled for two years now", said Anderson, the unlucky bowler when Malan missed Kohli the first time, of England´s poor close-catching.