England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day July 13, 2014

India bat all day in stalemate


India 457 (Vijay 146, Dhoni 82) and 391 for 9 decl (Binny 78, Bhuvneshwar 63*) drew with England 496 (Root 154*, Anderson 81, Bhuvneshwar 5-82)
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Binny the unlikely match saver

Having started the day with the draw seemingly a formality, India suffered a serious scare as England took three wickets for 17 runs in the first hour of the morning. But Stuart Binny steered them back to safety and was looking on course for a century on debut before Moeen Ali had him lbw with ten minutes to go for tea. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then scored his second half-century of the match - only the second time anyone had done this from No. 9 - and England didn't even get to begin a second innings as the players shook hands when MS Dhoni declared at the stroke of the final hour.

By then, Alastair Cook had treated the Trent Bridge crowd to one over of donkey-drop offspin and one over of gentle medium-pace, with which he had Ishant Sharma caught behind down the leg side. Cook's Bob Willis impersonations summed up the Test match, during which it had become increasingly difficult to assess the two sets of players, on a surface with close to nothing in it for the bowlers. Years from now, it will mostly be remembered for the lower-order batting records it produced.

Binny showed his batting ability, but it can't be said he completely justified his selection, even if it would be harsh to judge his seam bowling on this pitch. He might even find himself in the strange position of being left out of the second Test after coming close to a century on debut and helping save a match from a wobbly position.

Binny walked in with India six down and leading by 145, with two-and-a-half sessions remaining. England's seamers were getting the ball to reverse under cloudy skies, and Ravindra Jadeja had faced 33 balls at the other end without getting off the mark. But Binny radiated calm right from the start, and looked more secure in defence than either Jadeja or MS Dhoni had done before him. He punished the loose balls confidently, and had moved to 26 by lunch to take the lead close to 200.

The seventh-wicket partnership moved to 65 before James Anderson finally dismissed Jadeja, having tormented him all morning. Jadeja had been beaten numerous times before finally edging the angled delivery to Matt Prior. India's lead at that point was 210, and England might have felt they still had a sniff but Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in and dampened their hopes, proving as immovable as he had been in the first innings.

Binny by then had moved into the 30s, and he didn't take long in getting to 50, pulling and steering Liam Plunkett for successive fours before reaching the mark with a single. His strokeplay grew in range when Moeen Ali came on, and he moved quickly into the 70s with a boundary nearly every over against the offspinner, including a reverse-sweep and a flat, inside-out six over extra cover. With plenty of time left in the session it looked as though he could complete a century before tea but Moeen turned one in from around the wicket to trap him lbw.

The day had begun after a 15-minute rain delay, and Stuart Broad and Anderson immediately found reverse swing under cloudy skies. In the second over of the morning, Broad snaked the ball into Virat Kohli and struck him just in front of off stump. First ball of Broad's next over drew Rahane forward. Having seen both bowlers finding consistent reverse into the right-hander, Rahane chose to play at the ball to protect his off stump. It stayed its course, however, and kissed his outside edge through to Prior.

Broad could have had another wicket four overs later. MS Dhoni went after a length ball outside off and got a thick edge that went to Alastair Cook at first slip but he dropped a simple knee-height chance. It didn't prove a costly miss, though. Dhoni and India had only added six more runs to their respective totals when Plunkett replaced Broad and struck first ball. Dhoni, looking to play across the line to a full, inswinging delivery, missed the ball and saw it ricochet off his front pad onto the stumps.

England at that point might have sensed a first Test win in 11 months, having been down and out at one stage. India might have feared yet another overseas defeat in a Test match they had dominated for long periods. Neither side was good enough to force a win on such a surface, but both sides seemed bad enough, at times, to lose.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Monoz on July 17, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    These flat track bullies couldn't win matches in NZ. They won't be able to do it in Eng as well even though they get flat wickets. The reason being their mentality works with only flat wickets at home. Best thing for them to stop the continuous record away losses is either to play at home or import the home turfs with the crowd.

  • t on July 15, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    we've found the seaming all rounder that we were looking for - no, not binny but bhuvi. shami has been bowling absolute rubbish since SA tour. he's bowling short &, even worse, on both sides of the wicket. plus his pace has dropped majorly from 140 to <134. also he hasnt been able to get the ball to reverse. he should be dropped for aaron. we need some one with pace in the side. would get pankaj singh who was apparently bowling well in practice games in for ishant. jadeja should not be in the test squad let alone in the XI (for that matter he shouldnt even be in ODI's). for how much longer is dhoni going to attempt to transform him into a international-level player? he had a good year as bowler last year but now that everyone has realised that he doesnt actually turn the ball he's lost his effectiveness. plus he doesnt trust his defence & so just slogs everything while batting. ashwin too is ineffective outside india. if he & SRJ are our top spinners than our spinning cupboard is bare

  • t on July 15, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    how come the proponents of drs havent said anything about the stuart binny dismissal in 2nd innings. seeing it live & even on replays i felt it was plumb out & was shocked to see the hawkeye projection show that it was missing the leg stump by a long way. the amount of turn it was estimating that moeen ali got from that dead pitch was more than an ajmal would've gotten on a spinners pitch. serious questions remain.

  • Suraj on July 15, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Binny played really well to save the match but Ashwin should have certainly played in the 1st match considering the pitch was brown. I am sure Ashwin would be regretting about making statements in front of the media that he loves to attack but in the last tour he was told to hold up the other end and that surely din't go down well with Captain Dhoni because he indirectly meant that his Captain is defensive. It is true that MS is defensive and unfortunately it is a series between 2 defensive Captains but Ashwin could have been selective with his words or rather not spoken at all about this because he ended up digging his own grave. Plus with Binny's performance, I am not sure if Ashwin will really get a chance in this tour unless he falls on his Captain's feet to apologize.

  • John on July 15, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    @SLSup on (July 15, 2014, 4:35 GMT) Have to say your comms are a little one eyed. What about some credit for India who managed to survive a tough final day morning and come out on top at the end of the day and who showed more fight in one test than they did in the whole of the 2011 series?

  • c on July 15, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Test # 2128 done and dusted with. A total of 1344 runs were scored (without a ball being bowled in the 4th Inning) in a Test that Dobell rightly called GIFT WRAPPED for batsmen.

    In the past 20 years, Tests in ENG have averaged 1051 runs PER TEST. This aggrgate is 3rd only to IND averaging 1081 PER TEST and AUS at 1103 runs PER TEST.

    WHAT a great feat by ENG to bring IND to its knees on 5th morning. And what a pity that IND saw it OK to waste the day away getting to nearly 400 for no real reason.

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Ashwin should definitely play instead of Jadeja, he is a better batsman and bowler in Tests. Binny deserves more games and should be given enough chances to bowl, he can be helpful in swinging conditions. Rahane and Rohit can play alternately. Both have played only 6 tests and Rohit has the better record so far. I would try Gambhir at least for a couple of games if Dhawan fails. Finally I know Ishant has done pretty well in tests recently. He is just 25 and can only get better from here ( i hope)..

  • John on July 14, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @5wombats - I think it's a bit harsh associating the comms from one or 2 with the Indian cricket fan. And I feel that with one or 2 exceptions most Indian fans are talking more about the game itself this time I would also say that India came out on top in this match - I don't fancy our batsmen to chase anything over 350 on any pitch right now , batting last I'm not sure when the last time was we chased a substantial target down when batting last. To be fair to India they have already shown more fight in this test than they did in the whole of 2011. Glad the health issues are settled

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    I think first tests overall arrangement were the stratazy of English think tank. England is going through bad patch. So they need some confidence and also they may wanted to chk Indian strength. Providing flat track now they can plan accordingly in remaining four tests. And if so I am finding advantage England. On flat track our middle order failed miserably. Today we can say only Pujara can play fluently on any track. Though Vijay scored huge in first test, his ability on jucy pitch is akways questionable. Dhavan, Kohli, Rahane failed in the test. If Prior have taken the catches of Dhoni & Vijay, the result may turned in Englands favour totally. Now at Lords, England definately will go for jucy track. And India must think about playing Rohit Sharma. If not in place of Binny, then instead of Jadeja. Cse in histry no spinner had any success at Lords. In first test flat track India performed well with four pacers. So India should think about strenthening batting. Rohit must play in 11.

  • Android on July 14, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    ashwin have to play at lords.let's give him a chance. then say anything. England had lot of left handers. why not try him.atleast he have 40+average in test cricket with the bat.