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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

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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.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs