Pataudi Trophy 2021, 1st Test: India off to watchful start without loss, trails by 162 at stumps on Day 1
India is taking on England in the first Test of the 2021 Pataudi Trophy at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, as skipper Joe Root has struck his 50th Test half-century, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah has claimed a four-for.
On Wednesday, India and England seem to be going neck-on-neck on Day 1 of the opening Test for the Pataudi Trophy at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. However, the visitor had the upper hand, restricting the host to 183, thanks to pacer Jasprit Bumrah's four-for, while it was off to a watchful start, having scored 21/0 at stumps, trailing by 162 runs.
At the toss, it was Root who won it and elected to bat first. Although it seemed like a surprise decision, considering the overcast conditions and the track having adequate grass cover, there were chances of the ball coming to the bat exceptionally well.
India struck in the opening over, with Rory Burns falling for an unfortunate duck as pacer Japsprit Bumrah trapped him leg-before with no runs on the board. Nevertheless, England refrained from panicking.
The pair of Dominic Sibley-Zak Crawley contributed 42 runs for the second wicket before the latter was dismissed by pacer Mohammed Siraj for 27 after being caught behind Rishabh Pant. As Root came in, England finished on 61/2 at the lunch break.
The post-lunch session saw seamer Mohammed Shami strike just five runs later, as Sibley fell for 18 after edging it to KL Rahul. Nonetheless, it was followed by a commendable 72-run stand for the fourth wicket between Root and Jonny Bairstow.
It was during this time when Root brought up his 50th Test half-century. However, at 138, Shami struck again, removing wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow for 29, trapping him leg-before, thanks to a convincing referral after being struck down initially by the umpire, as the tea break kicked in.
Resuming post-tea, Daniel Lawrence was dismissed for an unfortunate duck by Shami again after being caught by Pant at the same score. Seven runs later, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler too departed for a duck to Bumrah.
While India had seemingly found the rhythm, England seemed to be struggling and reeling from the onslaught by the Indian seamers. At 155, Root was trapped leg-before for 64 by pacer Shardul Thakur, while the same score also saw Ollie Robinson departing for a duck to the same man.
England had lost its plot, as five runs later, it lost its ninth wicket in the form of Stuart Broad, trapped leg-before for just four by Bumrah. However, the Indians leaked 23 runs to get the final wicket, as they eventually did by dismissing James Anderson for a single off Bumrah, as England was shot out for 183. At the same time, it was the third-lowest total that India had bowled out a side on an opening day.
For India, five bowlers have been utilised so far. Bumrah was the most effective of all with a four-for, while Shami was highly economical.
As the Indian openers came out, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were off to a watchful start. Managing to finish 21/0 and trailing by 162 runs, they will have a task at hand to survive the first session on Day 2.
For England, four bowlers were utilised in the 13 overs bowled so far. As of now, pacer Sam Curran has been the most economical of all.
Brief scores: England 183 (Root- 64; Bumrah- 4/46, Shami- 3/28) leads India 21/0 (Rahul- 9*; Curran- 0/0) by 162 runs.
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