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As it happened: England vs India, 1st Test, Day 2


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Jul 10, 2014 at 11:04pm IST

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Day-1 Round-up: The Nottingham weather didn't threaten one bit and allowed an intriguing day of Test cricket in bright English sunshine on Wednesday, with India taking the opening day honours in the first Test - thanks to unbeaten 122 runs from Murali Vijay who took India to a healthy 259 for 4 at stumps in Trent Bridge.

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Vijay's fourth Test hundred was the cornerstone of the Indian effort that saw the centurion sharing crucial half-century stands with Cheteshwar Pujara (38), Ajinkya Rahane (32) and skipper MS Dhoni (50*), who didn't think twice before deciding to bat on a brownish, dry-looking track.

As it happened: England vs India, 1st Test, Day 2

Stuart Broad celebrates after taking a wicket on day two. (AFP)

Commentary (India 2nd Innings)

That's all from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage over the course of five days. Do join us for the next Test match at Lord's on Thursday, 17th July 2014. Till then its goodbye from us.

James Anderson is adjudged Man of the Match for his involvement in the record breaking last wicket partnership and 4 crucial wickets in the match.

MS Dhoni says that overall it was a good Test match for them. They were in trouble but few individuals stood up. On Binny, he says, he has done well in domestic cricket and Indian T20 league was good exposure and he fits in as the medium pace all rounder. He adds that Ashwin was not missed as their was no spin off the track.

Alastair Cook says that it was an extraordinary moment for him when he got the wicket. He says, they cannot afford to have a poor sessions in the next match as they did in this Test and thanked Joe Root for the crucial hundred. He adds it was not ideal to have the keeper at the stumps and most fielders in front of square in a Test and would want a better pitch which suits both batting and bowling.

There must be something in the waters of Nottingham. The batsmen are getting wickets and the bowlers are scoring runs. But on a serious note, India might have ended their never-ending search for an all rounder in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Questions will be asked of Binny's role in the team but he showed that he does belong at this level.

The duo added 198 runs to create a record for the 10th wicket, giving England a slender lead. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the star with the ball claiming his maiden five-for. India struggled at the start of their second innings but once again Murali Vijay was on hand for the rescue with another fifty. Then, it was the turn of debutant Stuart Binny to shine as he notched up a fine fifty in his debut. Bhuvneshwar Kumar rounded off a brilliant Test match for him with another fifty in the second innings as India batted themselves to safer grounds. Dhoni made sure he batted long enough to make draw an inevitability.

5 long days have come to an end and the result is a draw, probably the right result in the end. With 4 Tests left, India would be happy that they haven't got off on the wrong foot here. Both teams will relatively be satisfied with this result. MS Dhoni won the toss on a belter of a track and his batsmen did not disappoint. Murali Vijay was the standout with a magnificent hundred but the highlight of the innings was the 111-run stand between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. England were tottering at 200 odd for the loss of 7 wickets but the English tail wagged and how! If Shami and Kumar did it for India, it was the Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson show that brought England back from the brink.

122.6 A Cook to M Shami, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Shami cuts it between the cover and point fielder for a boundary. And that will be it, MATCH DRAWN! 391/9

122.5 A Cook to Shami, Short of a length ball, Shami gets on the back foot and plays it straight back. 387/9

122.4 A Cook to Shami, Wide outside off, Shami plays it to the point fielder. 387/9

Mohammad Shami is the last man in.

122.3 Cook to Sharma, OUT! Caught down the leg side! Cook bowls it down the leg side and Sharma tries to flick it but gets a fine edge and Prior takes it easily. Replay shows there was no bat in that one. India have lost their 9th wicket. 387/9

122.2 A Cook to Sharma, Sharma cuts the short ball to the point fielder. 387/8

122.1 A Cook to Sharma, Sharma tries to defend it but gets an bottom edge. 387/8

121.6 G Ballance to Kumar, Kumar has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 387/8

121.5 G Ballance to Kumar, Kumar has flicked the ball off his pads. 387/8

121.4 G Ballance to Kumar, Kumar tries to sweep but misses it and and there is a huge appeal for caught behind. Umpire turns this down correctly. 387/8

121.3 G Ballance to Kumar, Kumar fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad. 387/8

121.2 G Ballance to Kumar, Kumar tries to defend it on the front foot but gets an outside edge which falls just short of second slip. 387/8

121.1 G Ballance to Kumar, Kumar has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 387/8

Ballance comes to bowl now.

120.6 A Cook to Kumar, Kumar plays it to point for a single. 387/8

120.5 A Cook to Kumar, Kumar defends it off the front foot. 386/8

120.4 A Cook to Sharma, Pitched short by Cook, Sharma guides it to third man for a single. 386/8

120.3 A Cook to Sharma, Sharma gets to the front foot and defends it. 385/8

120.2 A Cook to I Sharma, Full delivery, Sharma drives it to covers. 385/8

120.1 A Cook to Sharma, Sharma drives it to mid off. 385/8

Cook comes into the attack.

119.6 M Ali to Kumar, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 385/8

119.5 M Ali to Kumar, FOUR! Rocks back and pulls this rank long-hop to the mid-wicket fence. 385/8

119.4 M Ali to Kumar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 381/8

119.3 M Ali to Kumar, Kumar has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 381/8

119.2 M Ali to Kumar, Flatter around off, Kumar hangs back and defends. 381/8

119.1 M Ali to Kumar, Flatter outside off, pushed back to Ali. 381/8

118.6 Joe Root to Sharma, And another one to end the over. 381/8

118.5 Joe Root to Sharma, Another front foot defense. 381/8

118.4 Joe Root to Sharma, Sharma has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 381/8

118.3 Joe Root to Sharma, Tossed up on middle, Sharma leans forward and defends. 381/8

118.2 Joe Root to Sharma, Flat on off, punched straight to cover. 381/8

118.1 Joe Root to Kumar, Flatter on the pads, Kumar clips it down to fine leg for a single. 381/8

117.6 M Ali to Sharma, Sharma shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 380/8

117.5 M Ali to Sharma, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 380/8

117.4 M Ali to Sharma, Stays back and defends from the crease. 380/8

117.3 M Ali to Sharma, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 380/8

117.2 M Ali to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 380/8

117.1 M Ali to Sharma, Stands back deep and punches it back to Ali. 380/8

116.6 Joe Root to Kumar, On the pads, hit straight to mid-wicket. 380/8

116.5 Joe Root to Kumar, The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They manage to come back for the second. 380/8

116.4 Joe Root to Kumar, Full around off, driven straight to covers. 378/8

116.3 Joe Root to Kumar, Right up in the block hole, Kumar fails to squeeze it out and the ball goes through to Prior. There is a big appeal for a catch but the umpire hasn't moved. 378/8

116.2 Joe Root to Sharma, On the pads, clipped away down to fine leg for a single. 378/8

116.1 Joe Root to Sharma, Plants his long foot down and blocks it on the off side. 377/8

115.6 M Ali to Kumar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 377/8

115.5 M Ali to B Kumar, Short and flat outside off, cut straight to point. 377/8

115.4 M Ali to Sharma, Sharma gets a good stride in and offers a dead bat, gets it past slip for a single. 377/8

115.3 M Ali to Kumar, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 376/8

115.2 M Ali to Kumar, Spins off a length on middle, Kumar does well to keep it on the ground by taking one hand off the handle. 375/8

115.1 M Ali to Kumar, FOUR! Dealing in boundaries! Short across off, Kumar hops back and punches it through the covers for a boundary. 375/8

114.6 Joe Root to Kumar, There it is! Goes back and tucks it away on the on side for a single. Back to back fifties for Kumar. 371/8

114.5 Joe Root to Kumar, FOUR! Terrific shot! Lofts it inside out over cover for another boundary, moves to 49. 370/8

114.4 Joe Root to Kumar, Kumar has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 366/8

114.3 Joe Root to Kumar, FOUR! Excellent shot! Tossed up on middle, Kumar slog sweeps this over Stokes this time for a boundary. 366/8

114.2 Joe Root to Kumar, Whips it again to Ben Stokes at mid-wicket. 362/8

114.1 Joe Root to Kumar, Very full on middle, whipped straight to mid-wicket, Stokes does well to get a hand on it. 362/8

113.6 M Ali to Sharma, Sharma has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 362/8

113.5 M Ali to Sharma, Flatter on middle, Sharma hangs back and knocks it into the ground. 362/8

113.4 M Ali to Sharma, Well tossed up on middle, Sharma offers a dead bat to this. 362/8

113.3 M Ali to Sharma, Flighted on a length on off, Sharma plays it off the back foot. 362/8

113.2 M Ali to Kumar, Goes back and nudges it away on the on side for a single. 362/8

113.1 M Ali to Kumar, Flatter on middle, Kumar covers the line and defends. 361/8

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