It was a week of fascinating cricket contests – if England staved off India, and Virat Kohli, to win the Edgbaston Test, Nepal made history by winning their first one-day international.
The Edgbaston Test oscillated wildly. In the end, England came out on top to celebrate their 1000th Test match with a win.
How good is test cricket!— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) 2 August 2018
England might have won, but it wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of Virat Kohli.
When it’s a contest between a team and an individual the team generally wins. #INDvENG— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 4 August 2018
Kohli’s 149 and 51 in an amazing one-man show was duly celebrated.
Thoroughly enjoyed watching that battle. Test cricket at it's best. Triumph over adversity and a joy to watch Virat Kohli craft, construct and conquer his surroundings on to his 22nd test century.— ian bishop (@irbishi) 2 August 2018
A masterclass from Virat Kohli, leading from the front. A display of tremendous character determination and grit #ENGIND— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 2 August 2018
It was the sort of batting effort that deserved a big reward – it came up on cue.
The man himself took time off – the match got over a day early anyway – to relax a bit.
James Anderson, meanwhile, found a way to make Stuart Broad crack up after the gruelling encounter.
Before the Edgbaston Test got over, Nepal created history by registering their first ever win in ODI cricket, against the Netherlands in Amstelveen.
They took to Twitter to celebrate.
Thank you to all of our fans,supporters,well wishers and everyone who loves Nepal cricket..— Paras Khadka (@paras77) 4 August 2018
Our First ODI win and together let us all carry the dreams of the whole country for more better results in future ...
JAI NEPAL ...!! pic.twitter.com/syh5Q1URD0
First ODI win....couldnt have won in a better way,a last ball thriller.Amazing effort from the whole team ,specially Paras,Sompal & Sandeep were brilliant.— Sharad Vesawkar (@SharadCric) 3 August 2018
Special advice :People… https://t.co/NgUHwErBoa
Extra points for their selfie-clicking, positioning, and cropping skills here.
What a win !! Nothing could be better than this. First win as an ODI Nation. Great team effort. Great contribution from everyone. Well done @Sompal_Kami dai & @paras77 dai for your brilliant innings. Well done everyone. Proud of Everyone. Jai Nepal🇳🇵!! pic.twitter.com/lmkxQIzun5— Sandeep Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) 3 August 2018
A special tribute came in from Peter Borren.
It was only Netherlands vs Nepal. (Only?!?)— Peter Borren (@dutchiepdb) 4 August 2018
There was only 400 people there. (Generous estimate)
But seriously, was yesterday the most dramatic finish in odi history?
Unbelievable scenes. Paras wins it for Nepal.
Cricket at its best.#NEDvsNEP @KNCBcricket
Elsewhere, Dean Jones, Kumar Sangakkara, and Scott Styris are up to … book kidnapping?
Dont know what you're talking about Sanga 🙊🙉🙈 https://t.co/ML3mnwuXeO— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) 5 August 2018
We're all excited about 300 again, but it has nothing to do with Gerard Buttler this time. It might still go down to a battle, though.
Elsewhere, Jimmy Neesham has an important question for Stan Wawrinka.
And Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle might soon be seen in a six-hitting contest.