Birmingham - Ben
Stokes took three wickets on Saturday, including the prize scalp of
India captain Virat Kohli, as England won the first Test by 31 runs in a
thrilling finish at Edgbaston.
The all-rounder, who could miss next week's second Test of a
five-match series at Lord's because of a court trial on a charge of
affray starting Monday, took two wickets in an over including Kohli.
Stokes ended the match when he had Hardik Pandya (31) caught at first
slip by Alastair Cook, with India bowled out for 162, having been set
194 to win.
Pandya's exit left Stokes with innings figures of four for 40 in 14.2 overs.
However, fellow England all-rounder Sam Curran was named man-of-the-match after starring with both bat and ball.
That England had a target of 194 to defend was largely down to the
20-year-old Curran's 63, his maiden Test fifty in just his second match
at this level rescuing the hosts from the depths of 87 for seven.
Curran's innings came just a day after the Surrey left-arm swing
bowler's Test-best haul of four for 74 during India's first innings of
Saturday's play started with the match on a knife edge.
India were 110 for five - still 84 runs shy of victory - with England needing five wickets.
Given the sunny overhead conditions in Birmingham, the only certainty
then was the match would finish with more than a day to spare.
Kohli was 43 not out and wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik unbeaten on 18.
England knew they needed early strikes and Anderson, their all-time
leading Test wicket-taker, duly obliged when he had Karthik (20) caught
low down by Dawid Malan at second slip off just the sixth ball of the
It was a morale-boosting moment for Malan, who had dropped three slip
catches this match, including flooring Kohli on 21 and 51 during the
star batsman's first-innings 149 - his maiden Test century in England.
New batsman Pandya played several solid defensive shots before
driving Stuart Broad down the ground for a textbook four - a boundary
greeted with huge cheers by the large contingent of India fans in the
Kohli then completed an 88-ball fifty when he glanced Anderson down
to fine leg, the fourth four of his innings sparking chants of "Kohli!,
Kohli!, Kohli!" from spectators.
Pandya kept the runs coming with two more boundaries off Broad -- a straight drive followed by a clip past midwicket.
India were 141 for six, needing 53 more runs to win, when paceman
Stokes had star batsman Kohli lbw for 51 with just his third ball of the
Kohli reviewed but experienced Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar's decision was upheld.
Three balls later, Stokes had Mohammed Shami caught behind for a duck.
India now looked to Pandya and Ishant Sharma to take them to just their seventh win in 58 Tests in England.
But when Sharma was lbw to leg-spinner Adil Rashid's googly for 11 -
albeit England had to first review New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney's
original not out call - India were 154 for nine and needing a further
40 runs for victory.
Pandya, with just Umesh Yadav for company, launched Stokes over
extra-cover for four before refusing easy singles to spare the No 11
from facing up.
But Pandya's resistance ended when he edged Stokes and Cook, after a
match of several dropped catches in the slips, made no mistake.