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For India it was very much a case of from feast to starvation.

After that, the turn was of England to play where England was at 23 runs without any loss of wickets.

It was the sort of clinical performance captains strive for and India combined to deliver it when it mattered most. Bumrah had figures of 5-85. England were 311/9, 209 runs behind.

Nonetheless, Kohli used the limited-overs leg in the United Kingdom to good effect and went on to dominate the English attack as early as in the first Test in Edgbaston.

It needed something special for a game, one seemingly dead and buried, to spring back to life.

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In an uncharacteristically resilient knock, Buttler made 106 from 176 balls, sharing a stand of 169 for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes. For England, many would argue that it was a disappointing day with the ball as the pacer failed against the batting pair of Pujara and Virat Kohli. Kohli scored 134 runs in the year 2014 while Joe Root scored 518 runs with two tons and 3 half-centuries to his name. The road back from there was non-existent. Could he score runs here against the swinging and seaming ball? He almost got out to James Anderson when his edged drive off an outswinger from the England medium-pacer, armed with the new ball, burst through Keaton Jennings's hands in the gully.

Kohli (54), with only five fours to his partner's seven, was nonetheless operating at a much quicker tempo and reached his second 50 of the match in 82 balls. Keaton Jennings slightly poked at an away swinger, and edge behind to Rishabh Pant. He was caught at slips.

Struggling at 32/2, skipper Joe Root (13) along with rookie batsman Ollie Pope (16), did well to battle out the initial fury from the Indian pacers, who by now had their tails up. At 62/4, it looked as if England's will to fight had already whittled out.

Jos Buttler, who had just dropped a tough chance at second slip to reprieve Pujara on 40, took the gloves instead.

"Even as a team as a batting unit, before this Test match, collectively we hadn't scored too many runs", he said. "There are some balls which are climbing and some that are keeping low".

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Virat Kohli and Co. will not be worrying though, they still have four sessions to get the six wickets they need for victory.

Prior to today Stokes and Buttler have had 11 partnerships in Test cricket and averaged just 15.9. Stokes joined him in celebration soon after.

It came with the new ball, and Jasprit Bumrah.

Stokes went in the next over, a sharply moving delivery from Hardik Pandya squaring him up as he edged to Rahul at second slip. Their only two other hundreds came from No 7 - by Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes. And if that means they bowl well and you play out four maidens you're trying to trust your defence to get through that.

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