(India takes on England in the 1st Test match in India’s Tour of England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Catch all the Live Score Updates and Live Cricket Action here.)
India 259/4 after 90 overs, Murali Vijay 122*MS Dhoni 50*
India finished the first day at 259/4, a score that they will be happy with considering the fact that they were in a spot of bother after the first 4 overs during the post Lunch session. Captain MS Dhoni and Murali Vijay look well settled at the crease and nothing has seemed to disrupt their concentration. While Vijay has gone on to get his 4th Test match century, Dhoni has also completed his 50 with style.
On the other hand, except on a handful of occasions it has been hard work throughout for the English bowler on a dead pitch. It cannot be said how this pitch would behave in the next 4 days, but as of now, the signs don’t look good for the English team.
India 217/4 after 75 overs, Murali Vijay 102*MS Dhoni 29*
England once again struck early after the break after dismissing Ajinkya Rahane, but Murali Vijay has continued the good work for India and he has been joined in by the able hands of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Liam Plunkett picked up the important wicket for the English but since then the partnership has been building up again and to be fair, this might just prove dangerous as the final 2 days of the test will prove to be a disaster for the batsmen.
India 177/3 after 59 overs, Murali Vijay 92* and Ajinkya Rahane 32*
Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane put up a good fight against the English bowling attack. Anderson and Stuart Broad have been getting a lot of reverse swing that is troubling the batsmen and which is how they dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Johli. Murali Vijay andnAjinkya Rahane seem to be putting up a good fight and Murali Vijay is on the verge of getting a ton. The match has stopped for tea now. Stay tuned for more updates on the 1st Match between India and England after the tea break.
India 138/3 after 50 overs, Murali Vijay 72* Ajinkya Rahane 14*
Things seem to have settled down once again for the Indian team with Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane dropping the anchor at the crease and looking to play the long innings. After the fall of the wicket in the first hour after lunch, the proceedings have been rather slow, but this could well prove to be the deciding point of the test match. English bowler have been on the attack throughout this period but Vijay and Rahane have managed to keep them at bay. Vijay is slowly and steadily moving towards his hundred.
India 120/3 after 43 overs, Murali Vijay 55* Ajinkya Rahane 4*
The struggle has been on between the Indian batsmen and the English bowlers with the Indian batsmen batting with patience waiting for the spirits of the bowlers to die down. the scoring has been slow in this session with the team scoring only 14 runs in 15 overs.
India 107/3 after 30 overs, Murali Vijay 55* Ajinkya Rahane 4*
Just when everything looked right for the Indians at the time of lunch, the English bowlers helped an absolute beauty of a catch from Ian Bell at silly mid onn broke the backbone of the Indian Batting line up picking up the wickets of Pujara and Virat Kohli in successive overs. The Indian batting looks to be in a bit of trouble, considering the fact that they have only included 6 specialist batsmen in this match. India managed to score only 1 run in 4 overs and lost 2 wickets in the post lunch session. The onus now lies on Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane to lead the way for the Indian batting line up.
India 107/1 after 30 overs, Murali Vijay 55* Cheteshwar Pujara 38*
The two batsmen have yet not been troubled in the innings so far and the English captain has tried all his front line bowlers but to no avail. Mean while Murali Vijay completed his half century with a sweet cover drive in the 24th over off the bowling of Ben Stokes. Cheteshwar Pujara, as said before has started showing signs of scoring a big one after a slow start as India managed to get more than hundred runs on the board before Lunch on the first itself.
India 77/1 after 21 overs, Murali Vijay 42* Cheteshwar Pujara 22*
The two Indian batsmen continued their good work as both of them kept on waiting for the bad ball to score the boundaries and put more emphasis on taking the singles and rotating the strike. Pujara looks set for a big one here because if you go by past experiences, whenever he starts off an innings slow he ends up getting a big hundred.
Murli Vijay on the other hand has not been troubled at all by the English Attack so far. the bowlers have struggled to extract a mistake from the batsmen and have looked clueless on a wicket that doesn’t seem familiar to what had been promised by any means
India 53/1 after 15 overs, Murali Vijay 30* Cheteshwar Pujara 10*
After the fall of Dhawan’s wicket, Cheteshwar Pujara joined hands with Vijay at the crease and made sure that there is no further loss for the Indians within the first hour of play. The Scoring rate has been respectably good and both the batsmen are looking assured so far on the crease.
India 33/1 after 7 overs
Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay opened the batting for the Indian team and they got the team off to a fantastic strat with Vijay scoring three boundaries in the very first over of the bowling of James Anderson. With the ball providing limited movement and the batsmen looking relaxed at the crease, the score has been moving along in a steady manner with minimum risk taken, Until Shikhar Dhwan fell to a lovely change in length from Anderson and was caught behind the wickets by Matt Prior.
India will face the English team in the first test at Nottingham and if we go by what the early signs suggest, this might just be a series that will develop the two participating nation’s future teams. While India will be looking to avenge their miserable defeats last time around, England have a side that has faced scrutiny on multiple occasions; be it their captain of their defensive style of play and would to overcome their critics by repeating the result of the series from 2011.
When India was in their backyard the last time around, the English team played all over the Indians and managed to pull off a whitewash, a result that the Indian team suffered in 2 successive oversea’s series. It is pretty evident that things have changed considerably in the past three years, and the Indian team that is touring the British Isles this time around seems to be a lot more comfortable against pace, bounce and swing than the team that toured the last time around.
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India have won the toss and elected to bat first, Stuart Binny is making his Test Debut in the place of Rohit Sharma.