Kohli hails England's tenacity

04 August 2018 11:25:47 EST

Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that England deserved credit for their tenacity after they won the first Test at Edgbaston.

An enthralling match ended on the fourth morning, England bowling India out for 162 to win the Test by 31 runs.

Lot of times we came back, showed character there. But England were relentless.

Virat Kohli

The home side were defending just 194 but, after taking five wickets on Friday night, wrapped the game up the following morning, Kohli's dismissal, for 51, being the key wicket.

Both sides can reflect on areas to improve on before the second Test but their flaws contributed to a thrilling game in Birmingham with four Test matches still to come in the series.

Kohli paid tribute to England after the game, saying: "First of all I think it was a great game. Glad to be part of such an exciting Test. Lot of times we came back, showed character there. But England were relentless.

"They made us work hard for the runs. Definitely could have applied ourselves better, but I'm proud of the fight. Haven't had the time to speak [to the team] but it'll be about taking the positives. We can be proud of the team for starting like that in a big series."

The skipper said that after his top order failed in both innings, they can learn to apply themselves at the crease, taking lessons from the tailenders.

Kohli and the tail added almost a hundred runs for the last two wickets in the first innings as the captain scored 149.

The series continues with the second Test at Lord's beginning on Thursday with further matches to come at Trent Bridge, Southampton and The Oval.

England are 12/5 to win the second Test next week with India 11/2 while the draw is 4/6.

Kohli is 3/1 to score a century at Lord's.

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