England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, day 5
England raised their hopes of victory by taking three quick wickets on the final morning to reduce India to 184-6 – a lead of just 145. But debutant Stuart Binny’s composed 78 steered the tourists away from danger, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (63 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (31) also making key contributions as India reached 391-9 declared.
As Alastair Cook rotated his part-time bowlers in the final hour, the game ended in comical scenes as the captain claimed his first Test wicket by having Ishant Sharma caught down the leg side before wheeling off in celebration.. Mohammed Shami came on and slapped the last ball for a boundary as MS Dhoni declared the innings at the cut-off time.
Bhuvneshwar, on the other hand, had a memorable match. He became the fourth Indian player to score 100 runs in the match and take five wickets. Overall, 1344 runs were scored in the course of the five days and only 29 wickets were taken. This match will be memorable for the world record 10th wicket stand between Joe Root and Anderson. It will be remembered for the best 10th wicket stand for India in Tests against England. It was a match where Anderson achieved the highest score by an England No. 11 in Tests. A docile pitch was not the ideal start to a five-match series, but there is a hope that things can get better in the coming Tests.
India 457 all out (Vijay 146, Dhoni 82, Bhuvneshwar 58, Anderson 3/123), England 496 all out (Root 154*, Anderson 81, Ballance 71, Bhuvneshwar 5/82), India 391/9 dec (Vijay 52, Pujara 55, Binny 78, Bhuvneshwar 63*, Moeen Ali 3/105). Match draw
Man-of-the-Match: James Anderson for his 81 runs and four wickets in the match.
The second Test starts at Lord’s from July 17.