India, though, have plenty of time to pick up the six wickets needed for victory and no shortage of runs to play with as England face an improbable target of 521. His second innings half-century eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides.
On the resumption, with India already 124 for two, they duly reaped what they had sown as Kohli engaged with zero urgency but characteristic determination on his own long-term brief to compound England's problems.
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The fifth-wicket stand came after Keaton Jennings was out in the opening over of the day, before Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ollie Pope were also dismissed to leave the hosts heading towards a resounding defeat. Both the batsmen were more than willing to let the balls go as there was a lot of time left in the game.
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In the end, ninth wicket pair Adil Rashid - dropped by Kohli on 22 off Shami - and Stuart Broad played freely on an easy pitch under the sun.
England team has dropped many catches during the series, the number is well past a dozen and we are just halfway through the series.
"They played the Test match way, with great patience, skill and discipline, the attritional way that is required in Test cricket when the ball is doing a bit - and it was doing plenty", Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.
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However, Virat has made a grand entry this time by scoring his maiden century on the English soil in the Edgbaston Test.
Root poked at a wide Bumrah delivery to edge to second slip, while Pope followed him by edging a booming drive off Shami. A sports journalist since 2005, he has served as Sports Editor of the Times of India Digital and Editor of Cricbuzz, Cricketnext and IBN Sports, apart from almost five years working for ESPNCricinfo.
"Having had such a poor performance yesterday, you would expect your batsmen to show some gumption and some guts and get stuck in tomorrow and show that they are the best players" he added.
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