Saturday 12 July 2014 

Bowlers Run Ragged On Dull Day

James Anderson, Joe Root
James Anderson (left) and Joe Root embrace after the latter reached his century
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India 457 & 167-3 (Pujara 55, Vijay 52) v
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
First Test, Trent Bridge, day four
Scorecard

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Just four wickets fell on day four of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge as England established an unlikely first innings lead before India moved back ahead.

Joe Root (154 not out) and James Anderson (81) established a new Test record of 198 runs for the 10th wicket as England were bowled out for 496 replying to India's 457.

They batted through an extended opening session and into the afternoon before India finally took the wicket they needed.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Anderson caught by Shikhar Dhawan as he picked up five for 82.

Half-centuries from Murali Vijay (52) and Cheteshwar Pujara (52) helped India reach stumps at 167 for three, leading by 105 runs.

Two wickets in two balls late in the day came as a surprise and were completely out of character with the rest of proceedings which were completely dominated by the batsmen.

Both Root and Anderson looked comfortable early on and Root's century came after driving Mohammad Shami for two cover drives that reached the boundary.

After that, Anderson reached his maiden Test half-century and a plethora of records were broken as they passed the effort of Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar in last year's Ashes to set a new 10th-wicket partnership benchmark of 198.

Root's 154 came in 295 balls including 15 fours while Adnerson struck 17 fours in 130 balls before finally edging Kumar to Dhawan in the slips.

India were thoroughly frustrated by the pair, and might have been further had they chosen to take all of the runs on offer. Even with Anderson well past his half-century, Root often turned down obvious singles.

Nevertheless, thoughts of getting England in to bat by stumps had gone out of the window and India's new target was to bat through to stumps.

Dhawan fell early when he chipped a full toss back to Moeen Ali, who struck in his first over, for 29 in as many balls.

Vijay followed up his century in the first innings with an assured half-century, driving through the covers as exquisitely as Root had earlier in the day while Pujara cut strongly to also pass 50.

They had added 91 together when out of nowhere both fell moments apart.

Vijay was caught by Matthew Prior - who missed him earlier in the innings - off Moeen and then Pujara cut Liam Plunkett to Ben Stokes, who took the catch at the second attempt.

Virat Kohli (8 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (18 not out) saw India through to the close without any further alarms.

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