Rain comes as a barrier between taking 1-0 lead for any of the side in the 5 match ENG vs IND Test Series at Nottingham on the very last day.
Trent Bridge was the host of the first Test match of the ENG vs IND Test Series for the ongoing Pataudi Trophy. After winning the toss English captain Joe Root decided to bat in a slightly greenish pitch to avoid the hazard of batting at fourth innings it seems.
Both the team made a good contest between them till Tea session as English side lost only four wicket in the form of Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Johny Bairstow. But after tea, two Indian pacerman Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami looked furious as the English side could only add less than 50 runs and bundled out for just 183 in the first innings. English Skipper Joe Root made a well fought 64 while the next highest run getter was Sam Curran scoring 27. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj scalped 4,3,2,1 wickets respectively.
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Coming out to bat, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul played watchfully and cautiously to add 97 runs on the board and just missed their name in the record book for becoming the first Indian opening pair to score 100 partnership in all three formats.
Rohit sacrificed his wicket on the course of playing his favorite shot and gave simple catch to fine leg. After that India suffered a huge collapse. Cheteswar Pujara edged James Anderson to keeper making only 4. After that delivery Virat Kohli edged his first ball and his dismissal was written in scoreboard in the same manner as Cheteswar Pujara's. Ajinkya Rahane suffered a misunderstanding with KL Rahul which ran him out adding just 5 by a spectacular throw from Johny Bairstow.
Few overs of the second day also suffered because of rain. In the third day, India were in search of few quick runs. Rishabh Pant hit 3 boundaries and a massive six to make 25 runs at a strike rate of 125 before going back to pavilion. Opener KL Rahul made a cautious 84 and he edged one James Anderson delivery to Jos Buttler, the wicket keeper. With that wicket Anderson went passed Indian Spin legend Anil Kumble to become third highest wicket taker in Test cricket history(620). After that Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja contributed a well made half century(56) and it was attacking one indeed.
Surprisingly, Indian tail became much more fierce with their bat as Mohammed Shami(13), Jasprit Bumrah(28) and Mohammed Siraj(7) contributed 48 runs for the last two wickets! And it was very very rare sight for Indian side. India finally finished on 278 taking a 95 run lead.
Coming to bat with a trail of 95 runs, Joe Root yet again played a spectacular knock of 109 runs and it became his 9th century against India in Test cricket, most by any Englishman. Others like Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence and Johny Bairstow contributed to some extent to give English innings pace and by virtue of that England went passed 300 before being allout. Jasprit Bumrah took yet another 5 wicket and took his name to the honour board of the ground second time.
Went on to chasing 209 runs in the fourth innings, KL Rahul started with a good pace and scored 26 runs just facing 38 balls. He went on to pavilion after a good delivery by Stuart Broad took the edge of his bat. Rohit Sharma and Cheteswar Pujara took the scoreboard running after that. Cheteswar Pujara although never looked safe in the crease, scored 12 runs after facing 13 balls in a non-Pujarasque manner. India were 52-1 after the curtain of 4th day came down.
In the 5th day, not a single ball was bowled because of the curse of sky. If it would've happened, India could've recorded the highest run being ever chased in English soil by any Indian side (previous best was 174 in 1971 tour). Indian team is going to play the next test from the upcoming Thursday with a lot of positivity like presence of KL Rahul, Form regaining of Jasprit Bumrah. But the struggle of Trio Pujara-Kohli-Rahane will cause a high headache for Shastri and company ahead of next test.