After a series of moments when the game tilted from one side to the other, The 1st test match between India and England has ended in a draw, after a final day which mostly saw the Indian Batsmen from the lower order having a go at the English attack with the bat, first trying to save the match and then having a feast all by themselves.
The day started in a rather dramatic manner when India lost its top 3 wickets in the form of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni within the first hour of the day. This was the point when India looked in deep trouble and there were doubt’s of India being able to draw the game. But from here onwards, Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja took over the proceedings and shared a partnership of 65 runs, the one that settled the nerves for the Indian camp.
Although Jadeja departed immediately after Lunch, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar took charge from where he had left in the last innings and joined hands with Binny to share another fruitful partnership for the Indian team as they together added 91 runs for the 8th wicket. It seemed like the Indians might declare after reaching a safe total, but MS Dhoni had no intentions of declaring and Bhuvi took this chance to full avail and scored his second 50 of the game and his Career.
English bowlers on the other hand started in thunderous fashion as they came all guns blazing and picked three quick wickets to threaten to make a move towards victory, but once the initial hours passed and the ball stopped providing the movement, the attack looked as fruitless as in the first innings in front of the Indian lower order and the tail.
Taking a look back at the match, there were several points in the game when both the teams would have fancied their chances at winning this first test, but none more than when India had England pinned at 202/7 on the third day. But the last three wickets added 294 runs, specially the last wicket partnership of 198 between Joe Root and James Anderson.
India will move into the next game with a very positive intent as everything went right for them in this game, the batsmen, the bowlers and the all rounders as well. Maybe the only matter of concern will be the form of their batting mainstay Virat Kohli, who failed in both the innings and actually ended up being the batsmen with the least amount of runs for India in the test. But we also need to keep into mind that it’s Virat Kohli that we are talking about and one thing that the man hasn’t seen yet is bad form.
It’s just a three day gap between today and the Lord’s match and one thing that the English team needs to worry about is their batting. They almost made a mess of the game on the third day before the tail had to do the saving for them. They would also be concerned about the fitness of their bowlers as they had to bowl and be in the field for nearly 300 overs.
Hopefully we get a better pitch and a better at Lords, a venue where most of the players would be playing for the first time in their career on the Indian side, a match that will be looked forward to as it promises much in the store for the two teams.
India: 457 all out and 391/9 dec ( Stuart Binny 78, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 62) drew with England: 496 all out.
Man of the match: James Anderson