England vs India 1st Test: The first Test match between India and England ended in a draw at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday. From day one, the visitors were well in command of the game, especially after their pace unit shackled the hosts to just 183 runs.
In response, the Indian side put up 278 runs on the board, with a lead of 95 runs in their first innings, which seemed to overpower the hosts’ batting prowess. Opener KL Rahul continued with his blazing form as he scored the highest 84 runs, while Jadeja scored a half-century (56 runs).
The bowling line-up completely kept the Indian team in command as this time they restricted Joe Root and his men to 303 runs. However, this time the England skipper scored a durable century (109 runs) before falling prey to Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah on the other hand also picked the sixth five-wicket haul as he finished with 5/64 in the second innings. Mohammad Shami, Shardul Thakur and Mohammad Siraj too continued from where they had left in the first innings.
England vs India 1st Test: “We certainly felt we were right on top” – Kohli
The Indian side was left to chase a total of 208 runs, but the rain seemed to overshadow the entire match. And that was apparent from Virat Kohli’s statement during the post-match conference after the draw.
“We were expecting rain on day 3 and 4, and it chooses to arrive on day 5 when we were looking to have a good crack at the target,” Kohli said.
“We wanted to start strong, and heading into day five we felt we had the chance right in front of the ball. We certainly felt we were right on top, and it’s a shame we couldn’t complete day five,” he added.
India was batting at 52/1 at the stumps of Day 4 and just needed 157 runs to seal the first win in the five-match series. The visitors were in clear advantage especially after the good show, especially by their tail-enders and middle-order batsmen.
“We got to 50 overnight, a real positive for us. It wasn’t just about survival, it was about getting the boundaries when we got the chance,” Kohli said.
The Indian skipper also praised the bowlers for their commendable performance as he said:
“It’s the hard work of three-odd weeks (the lower-order batting). They were in the nets regularly, and we got a lead of 95 purely from their efforts.”
“I think they did a tremendous job with the bat. Most likely it will be a template going ahead [4-1 combination], but we’ve always been adaptable as well, to the conditions and pace of the wicket. It’s going to be an exciting series to be a part of, as India-England always is,” he added.
Both the sides will now head to Lord’s for the second Test that begins from August 12.