With another 157 runs on the final day and nine wickets in the bank, India look favorites on the 5th day, but the weather gods have different ideas, as sustained rain ensured that not a single ball was bowled on Sunday.
Yet it was a Test match that dominated India to a large extent.
KL Rahul made a brilliant return to Test cricket as he showed remarkable discipline and eagerness to score 84 in the first innings in difficult circumstances.
Rohit Sharma again could not turn his start into a big shot, but he looks extremely confident after the fold and he and Rahul’s first pair look the best between both sides.
Jaffer also points to the crucial half-century of Ravindra Jadeja in the first innings and the contribution of the Indian tail that helped the visitors to take a significant lead in the first innings.
He also praised Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj for claiming important wickets during the Test match, in addition to praising Jasprit Bumrah for his brilliant play in both innings.
Bumrah was comfortably India’s best bowler in the first Test when he finished with figures of 9/110, which includes a five-wicket wicket in the second innings.
“Rain saved England, but very positive for India,” writes Wasim Jaffer.
@ MdShami11 2 weeks in an ear @ 138-3; @ klrahul11 and @ ImRo45 opening; @imjadeja and the tail; @mdsirajofficial and @imShard with important breakthroughs; And throughout @ Jaspritbumrah93; Team performance 👏🏻 #ENGvIND
Rain saved England, but very positive for India this test:@ MdShami11 2 weeks in over 138-3.@ klrahul11 and @DonaldTrump opening.@imjadeja and the tail.@mdsirajofficial and @imShard with crucial breakthroughs.
And @ jaspritbumrah93 throughout.
Team performance 👏🏻 #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/fCADEKH4BR
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 8 August 2021
The caravan of the five-match Test series is now moving to Lord’s, where both sides want to lead 1-0.