Ben Stokes takes centre stage to give England edge over Kohli and India

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All-rounder shows his knack for grabbing match-winning opportunities as his bowling seals victory in tense finale

In every match there are the moments that matter just that much more, when all the idle chatter stops, and some spectators fall silent while the rest start to sing and shout that bit louder still. And everybody there knows, just knows, that somehow, whatever happens now, the game is about to shift and twist one way or the other.

That moment came at a quarter to twelve, 45 minutes in to the day’s play. Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya held off the opening blows from Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad and now they were starting their counterattack. England’s lead fell with vertiginous speed and all of a sudden their position felt queasily precarious again.

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Written by Andy Bull at Edgbaston
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/04/england-ben-stokes-india-kohli under the title “Ben Stokes takes centre stage to give England edge over Kohli and India”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.