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1st Investec Test, Nottingham, Jul 9 - 13 2014, India tour of England
(123 ov)457 & 391/9d
Match drawn
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• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

India bat all day in stalemate

Stuart Binny's 78 helped India draw the first Test comfortably after England had given them a scare with three wickets for 17 runs in the first hour

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Scorecard summary
India457/10(161 overs)1st INNINGS
Murali Vijay146 (361)
MS Dhoni82 (152)
England496/10(144.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Joe Root*154 (295)
India391/9(123 overs)2nd INNINGS
Moeen Ali3/105(28)
Stuart Broad2/50(21)
end of over 1234 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 391/9CRR: 3.17 
Mohammed Shami4 (3)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar63 (138)
Alastair Cook2-0-6-1
Gary Ballance1-1-0-0

That's your lot from Trent Bridge, one Test down in this five-match series. The circus moves to Lord's and England have confirmed that Simon Kerrigan will be in their squad, so an extra option for them. The second Test begins on Thursday, so not much time for us all to recover. Stick around for all the best analysis and reaction, the match report is already live so go and read all about this final day. But from the commentary chair, it's goodbye for now...



Presentation time. No tears from James Anderson this time I'm sure. The umpires get gift pens! How long before they're given to the grandkids? Man of the Match goes to James Anderson! His record-breaking effort with Joe Root was the highlight of the game...unfortunately.



Here's Alastair Cook: "A few people aren't taking to me, for me to have more wickets than David Saker is something special! And that was a Bob Willis impersonation. In this game we had a poor session, losing six wickets on a really good pitch. Thankfully we got out of it. Joe Root has come back really well, leading the time and marshalling those partnerships. It's a tough job being a groundsman and he's admitted he's got it wrong but you have to adapt and we adapted well. As captain, you just had to try things and that's all you can do. When it was reversing and the ball was hard, it became a bit more even. Simon had a tough experience but his record has turned out well. He might expect a bit more if he plays in four day's time, he could feature. He's a tough lad and he's come back from the experience at The Oval."



And MS Dhoni: "We needed a partnership this morning and we got it. It was a good Test match for us, we managed to put pressure on them and then we held up well when we were under pressure. We haven't had a seaming allrounder but Stuart Binny can be someone who can really contribute for us in the future. I don't regret not playing R Ashwin because there was no help for the spinner. We had good combinations and I was happy with the bowling attack. I don't think I could have changed much when Root and Anderson were going, we tried a few things but the ball got soft and the bowlers got tired and I don't think there was much else we could have done. A lot of youngsters have played really well. We wanted to see what kind of fight they are putting in and we're pleased."



Just a three-day gap before the Lord's Test and the bowlers from this match will have to recovery pretty quickly ahead of the second Test. England's batsmen will also have some recovering to do to after a dreadful collapse left them in all sorts of trouble at 202 for 7 on day three. It was the latest England batting misery but at least here they had the lower order, and Joe Root who made an excellent century and may well take the Man of the Match award for it, to rescue them. It actually gave the hosts a chance to put India under pressure on this final day but the tourists proved game enough to make sure we go to Lord's level.



There was a little flurry from England this morning with three wickets in the morning session that threatened to set up a chase this afternoon but Stuart Binny ensured that there would be no drama with a calm half-century. Nothing more was expected after it proved desperately difficult to take wickets on the opening four days of the match. It was a bit of batting practise for several players, not least Anderson, and an energy-sapping, soul-destroying game for the bowlers.



There we go then, the Test gets what it deserved, a boring ending thanks to a truly dreadful wicket, surely the worst that Trent Bridge has ever produced. It was so bad that James Anderson has provided the game's best performance...with the bat! His 81 yesterday and the record-breaking stand with Joe Root was the most entertainment the crowd got over the last five days. The worst Test England have been involved in for some time, they simply don't do bore-draws but a result has never really looked possible here.



122.6
4
Cook to Shami, FOUR runs

wide and cut for four, it's all over

Apparently could be the last ball of the Test, 5.05pm was the start of the final hour, or was it 15 overs, either way, here's the end...

122.5
Cook to Shami, no run

length on the stumps, pushed off the back foot to mid-off

Vishwesh: "Whats with this game!? Bowlers getting runs and batsmen taking wickets!"

122.4
Cook to Shami, no run

length well wide of off stump, slapped to point

122.3
W
Cook to Sharma, OUT

full delivery down the leg side, flicked at, a huge appeal for a strangle and given out!!! Cook has a Test wicket! He tears off in celebration! A nonchalant take from Prior with one hand, they all went up, and Bruce Oxenford gave it out straight away, there's a mark on Hot Spot, great decision

Ishant Sharma c †Prior b Cook 13 (45m 55b 2x4 0x6) SR: 23.63
122.2
Cook to Sharma, no run

a Bob Willis impersonation, or was it Derek Pringle, with arm flicking behind his back, length just outside off defending

122.1
Cook to Sharma, no run

awful back of a length outside off, pressed to cover

It's now seam up from Cook with two slips!

end of over 122Maiden
INDIA: 387/8CRR: 3.17 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar63 (138)
Ishant Sharma13 (52)
Gary Ballance1-1-0-0
Alastair Cook1-0-2-0

That was actually quite a nice over!

121.6
Ballance to Bhuvneshwar, no run

forward and pressed back to the bowler

121.5
Ballance to Bhuvneshwar, no run

middle and leg stump line, carefully blocked

121.4
Ballance to Bhuvneshwar, no run

well outside leg, Kumar sweeps and Prior takes it very nicely above his head, was it off the glove? Big appeal, not out

121.3
Ballance to Bhuvneshwar, no run

drifts away and turns back a little, takes the pad outside leg stump

121.2
Ballance to Bhuvneshwar, no run

similar line, it turns and bounces and takes the outside edge with Kumar aiming to the leg side, lands short of slip, very nice that

121.1
Ballance to Bhuvneshwar, no run

leggers! Middle and leg, pressed into midwicket

And now Gary Ballance, what is he going to send down...

end of over 1212 runs
INDIA: 387/8CRR: 3.19 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar63 (132)
Ishant Sharma13 (52)
Alastair Cook1-0-2-0
Moeen Ali28-4-105-3
120.6
1
Cook to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

oh I say! A quicker ball, 55.2mph! Guided from middle and off behind square

120.5
Cook to Bhuvneshwar, no run

full length, Kumar well forward to block, no way he's getting out to this!

120.4
1
Cook to Sharma, 1 run

back and steered from just outside off past slip

120.3
Cook to Sharma, no run

this dips a little! Just blocked outside off

120.2
Cook to Sharma, no run

this looks like a non-12-year-old delivery, driven to cover

120.1
Cook to Sharma, no run

oh my word, a very slow, hugely tossed up delivery, met on the full, gently driven to mid-off

Oh good heavens Alastair Cook is bringing himself on to bowl! I don't think I've ever seen him bowl before, looks like off spin...

end of over 1204 runs
INDIA: 385/8CRR: 3.20 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar62 (130)
Ishant Sharma12 (48)
Moeen Ali28-4-105-3
Joe Root12-4-22-0

Ah, I may have overlooked something! The final day goes on time and the number of overs are a minimum so we actually have to keep playing until 5.15pm! More boredom to come before we can finish this off. They're taking drinks now and as you can believe they're taking their time over things...

119.6
Ali to Bhuvneshwar, no run

off stump, turned from off stump to short leg

119.5
4
Ali to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR runs

rocks back to a shorter ball and pulls through midwicket, lovely stroke

Best performances - batters
Joe Root portrait
JE Root ENG
154 runs (295)
15 fours
0 six
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
33 runs
4 fours
0 six
22513264231330
Murali Vijay portrait
M Vijay INDIA
146 runs (361)
25 fours
1 six
Control91%
Productive shot
flick
23 runs
2 fours
0 six
22143130102028
Best performances - bowlers
Bhuvneshwar Kumar portrait
B Kumar INDIA
O
30.5
M
8
R
82
W
5
ECO
2.65
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W1W
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson ENG
O
38
M
10
R
123
W
3
ECO
3.23
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of England
Season2014
Player Of The Match
James Anderson
James Anderson
Series result5-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2128
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days9,10,11,12,13 July 2014 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Stuart Binny
Stuart Binny
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
England Image
Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
England Image
Rob Bailey
Match Referee
Australia Image
David Boon