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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Report: England vs India, 1st Investec Test - Day 4


Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara hit half-centuries as India finished Day 4 of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge with a lead of 128 runs.
(Also Read: Stats Highlights: England vs India, 1st Investec Test - Day 4)

India came out all guns blazing with Dhawan's 29-ball 29 helping the tourists take the lead quickly. Vijay (52) and Pujara (55) shared a 91-run stand for the second wicket as India pushed the lead beyond 100, but both men were dismissed in quick succession. 

Moeen Ali was the most successful England bowler, picking up two wickets. When the play ended India were 167/3 with Ajinkya Rahane (18*) and Virat Kohli (8*) at the crease. 

Earlier, a diligent knock by Joe Root (154*) and an inspired performance by James Anderson (81*) had helped England to a 39-run lead from an improbable position. The duo had come together when the hosts were trailing by 159 with one wicket in hand on Day 3 and battled on to keep the hosts afloat with a 198-run partnership. 

England were still 105 runs short when they resumed their innings on Day 4. Tasked with the responsibility of closing in on India’s first innings total of 457, Root, who was batting with a No 11 bat farmed the strike. In the process, Root survived being run out while on 92 as Mohammed Shami missed the stumps as he ran to keep the strike. 

A bit later with two successive drives to the fence, Root reached a well deserved century. In the next over, Anderson uppercut Ishant Sharma to the boundary go past his previous best Test score of 34 and continued to hold his end up. 

With their resolve strengthened, the duo milked the bowlers to take their team past 400. Anderson who had brought up the landmark with a four down the leg-side, slammed Shami over mid-wicket in the bowler’s next over to get to his first Test fifty. He survived tough chances as he surpassed the previous best of 59 runs by an England No 11 batsman. 

Anderson displayed his full array of shots as he swept, cut, pulled the ball while working to tip the balance in the hosts favour. England were no longer grafting runs but collecting them confidently. The Indian attack toiled to end the partnership but to no avail as the batsmen dominated the proceedings. 

With the opposition trailing by 11 runs, MS Dhoni handed the ball to Murali Vijay in an effort to break the partnership. However, with a boundary off Vijay a bit later, Anderson leveled scores with India. 

In the second over of the second session Root drove Ishant to the ropes through the on-side to reach 150. The mammoth partnership was eventually broken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Anderson edged the bowler to Shikhar Dhawan in the slips ending England’s innings. 

Brief scores: 

Day 1: India 1st inn 259/4 in 90 overs (M Vijay 122*, MS Dhoni 50*)

Day 2: India 1st inn 457 all out in 161 overs (M Vijay 146, MS Dhoni 82, B Kumar 58, M Shami 51*, J Anderson 3/123); Eng 1st inn 43/1 in 17 overs (S Robson 20*, GS Ballance 15*) 

Day 3: Eng 1st inn 352/9 in 106 overs (J Root 78*, G Ballance 71, S Robson 59, B Kumar 4/61, I Sharma 3/109)

Day 4: Eng 1st inn 496 all out in 144.5 (J Root 154*, J Anderson 81, B Kumar 5/82); Ind 2nd inn 167/3 in 48 overs (C Pujara 55, M Vijay 52, A Rahane 18*, V Kohli 8*, M Ali 2/39)

source: bcci.tv


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