Rain wins at Trent Bridge as the first test ends in a draw : India vs England 1st Test Review

Rain wins at Trent Bridge as the first test ends in a draw : India vs England 1st Test Review

 

August 9,

Shaunak Panwalkar

 

The second cycle of the WTC kick-started in some great fashion in the form of a gallant First Test at Trent Bridge. The opening day was certainly a thriller as India managed to truncate England on a paltry 183 on the back of some sublime performances of Bumrah and Shami. Joe Root the England captain was the only silver lining scoring 66 runs while the other England batsmen failed to make any kind og impact. India carried their glorious form into the day two as Kl Rahul and Rohit Sharma added 97 runs for the first wicket partnership.

But after a lot of leaving the bad balls and playing some exuberant shots against the England pacers, Ollie Robinson coming back into the attack, bowled some three deliveries outside the off stump and thej came the golden bouncer where he forced Rohit Sharma to play the pull shot only to be caught at mid-wicket. The partnership was broken and soon after that the Indian batting line up faltered and were reduced to 112 for 4. Anderson got Pujara and then Kohli too for a golden duck. Anderson had sought retaliation for the 2018 series where he couldn’t even once get Kohli out. Rishab Pant tried to up the scoring but eventually got out off a Ollie Robinson delivery. Kl Rahul held up his wicket from the other end as Ravindra Jadeja joined him for a 60 run partnership which ailed India into the lead of 95 runs in the first innings. Kl Rahul was the stand out performer scoring 84 runs to prove his mantle for the opening position. Three dimensional Ravindra Jadeja too proved his position in the team being picked ahead of the seasoned spinner Ravi Ashwin scoring a gritty 56 and the Indian tail wagged too who added 48 runs amongst the four of them.

England were trying to stabilize from the first innings mishap and rightly did so as Joe Root alongside Dom Sibley crafted a great 89 run partnership. England kept themselves into the game as Joe Root scored his 21st Test Century and it was undoubtedly one of his clean and aggressive knocks in recent times. With his backs against the wall, he bailed England out of the deficit and helped England to set a decent target of 209 for the Indians. Bumrah shone the brightest in the Indian pace department as he picked up a marvy five wicket haul against the likes of Joe Root’s England. The day 3 and 4 were a start-stop affair , thanks to England ever longing rains . After starting the chase of 209 runs , India lost their highest first innings scorer Rahul early into the chase. Pujara and Rohit managed to see off the fourth day taking India’s tally to 52 runs. The day 5 was perfectly poised for both the team as India seeked to gain early lead in the series and England eyed to clean the Indian batting taking 9 wickets. But the Rain Gods had different plans as continuous drizzles continued throughout the fifth day and prevented even a single bowl to be bowled on the final day. The match ended in a thwart draw in the end as the England rains continued to exasperate the trend of washing out good contests.

Joe Root pipped Bumrah who took 9 wickets into getting the man of the match on the back of his 66 and 109 runs in both the innings. The World Test Championship points were shared and both the teams will gear up for the most exhilarating second test of the series at the ‘Home of Cricket’, Lords. See you in London then….

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