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IND vs ENG 1st Test – Day 4: Late Strikes Help England Edge Ahead

By on July 13, 2014

India 457 and 167 for 3 (Pujara 55, Vijay 52, Moeen 2-39) lead England 496 (Root 154*, Anderson 81, Bhuvneshwar 5-82) by 128 runs…

Joe Root (154*) and James Anderson (81) shared a 198-run partnership for the 10th wicket which is a world record.

English cricket is currently going through a tough phase in 2014. However, day four in the first Test at Trent Bridge represented one of the few happy days for England.

IND vs ENG 1st Test - Day 4: Joe RootThe batting was buoyed by a world record stand for the final wicket and the bowling was boosted by some late strikes in the final session.

At the end of it all, the 198-run stand for the 10th-wicket between Joe Root and James Anderson, combined with the late strikes from Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett ensured that a stalemate is likely to be the outcome.

India started off their second innings on a strong note with Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay batting confidently. Dhawan struck six fours in his knock before he drilled a low full toss back to Moeen Ali to depart for 29.

Vijay continued to enjoy his fine form as he notched up his fifth fifty and he was ably assisted by Cheteshwar Pujara, who also scored his fifth Test fifty.

However, Moeen broke the 91-run stand when he had Vijay caught behind for 52 and Pujara departed immediately for 55 thanks to a juggling effort from Ben Stokes at backward point. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane ensured that there were no further jolts as India ended the day on 167/3, ahead by 128 runs.

However, the talking point undoubtedly was the world record 198-run stand between Root and Anderson. Both batsmen batted with maturity and with confidence.

They complimented each other and were involved in a competition of who would protect whom. They took turns in farming the strike and the end result was Root reaching his fourth Test century while Anderson recorded his maiden Test fifty.

This Test will also be remembered as been the first instance where the last wicket partnership of both teams went past 100.

Anderson broke another record. He registered the highest ever score by an England No. 11, going past John Snow’s 59 against the West Indies at The Oval in 1966. He looked good to reach a century before Bhuvneshwar Kumar snapped him up for 81.

In the process, Bhuvneshwar recorded his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. No wickets fell in the first session as the Indian bowlers lacked penetration. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma struggled for consistency while Ravindra Jadeja disappointed.

At the start of the day, India were looking to take out the final wicket quickly and build on a sizeable lead. However, it has taken an epic partnership to dash their hopes and they will now be aiming to bat out the final day and gain some confidence ahead of the Lord’s Test.

Source: gocricket

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