The first test between England and India in Nottingham ended in a draw as they could not play on day five due to persistent rain. While the match was offensive going on, rain had the last say, hiding the chances from both sides. As a result, England and India each take four points to start the new cycle of the World Cup.
Joe Root stood high on day one after England batted on day one as the hosts scored just 183 in the first innings. Root was the only half-captain over a hundred and his partnership of 74 was the only recognized in the day. India’s bowling attack, consisting of four sailors, was on point from the first delivery and left the batsmen almost out of their leash.
While Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur also made important strikes. England slammed back after India’s 97-run opening between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. James Anderson brought them back into the game by removing Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli shortly after lunch in consecutive balls.
Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul and tailenders shine for India:
While the tourists struggled at 145-5, Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul joined hands to make a stand of 60 runs. KL Rahul missed a well-deserved century and died for 84, but Jadeja continued to loot the runs.
When Jadeja first went back for 56, India’s tail swung to swell the lead to 95, with Ollie Robinson claiming a five. Rory Burns was the first to go into England’s second innings, with Zak Crawley following him soon. However, it was time again for their captain to get up and play a decisive knock.
Joe Root and Jasprit Bumrah shine in the second innings:
Dom Sibley and Joe Root took full advantage of the full acceleration of the field and the inconsistent lines of India by making a stand of 92 runs. The former transferred it to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps and died for a 121-ball 28. As Jos Buttler, Dan Lawrence and Jonny Bairstow started promisingly; however, they could not continue.
After Root’s 109 of 172 deliveries, Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson added some precious runs and set a 209 goal for India. Bumrah finished the game with nine wickets, including Root’s key wicket in the second innings. The visiting side started positively when KL Rahul used every opportunity to put the ball to the boundary. But he was the first one to leave, leaving India with 157 runs to win on the final day.