He got another life when on 51.
England lost three wickets for eight runs in 25 balls as a promising 216 for three was transformed into 224 for six. He had started proceedings with James Anderson (0-27) at the other end. I'm sure within the five-match series there will be plenty of that stuff going on.
"The wickets are extremely slow, even on the first day".
Though India limped to 76 for three at lunch, the post-lunch session bought no respite with all rounder Stokes picking up two wickets to reduce the visitors to 100-5.
It was also the finish of a fourth-wicket stand worth 104. Kohli grew more confident with passing time, and surpassed his previous best of 39 on English soil (Southampton in 2014). England will doubtless be the happier of the two teams trundling off for tea, the hosts took three wickets - two for Ben Stokes and one more for Sam Curran - to leave India struggling to reach the hosts' below-par first innings total of 285.
Such was the dominance of the 29-year-old captain, the next top scorer for India was opener Shikhar Dhawan with 26. "I suppose it's pretty disappointing for him personally not to go on and get a really big score", he said.
Additionally, they looked to rotate strike as much as possible, going for quick singles even if this approach looked risky from the outside. "It just happens to be the ball before I got out, and suddenly there's a huge hoo-hah about the pigeon", he laughed it off.
Vijay was the first to fall for 20 as Curran swung the ball back into his pad and won a leg before review. Vijay and Dhawan strode out to bat and as expected the lengths were pitched up enticing the drive.
Two balls later, Curran had his second wicket when KL Rahul dragged a wide ball onto the stumps. It brought out Kohli who was booed on his walk to the crease.
Sam Curran's third wicket was Dhawan, out edging to second slip, which saw India slump to 59/3. He dived to his left at gully in an attempt to catch Kohli off Anderson but the ball did not quite carry and appeared to clip his fingertip. He is the quickest to the milestone surpassing Brian Lara who needed 164 innings.