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Test heads for draw after England pair sets world record

Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 23:40 [IST]
 
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Nottingham, July 12: Joe Root and James Anderson created a world record for the last wicket with their extraordinary 198-run stand before England rattled India with two quick wickets towards the end of the day as the first Test headed towards a draw, here on Saturday.

Scorecard; Records tumble

Root remained unbeaten on 154 while left-handed Anderson (81) scored his maiden Test half-century as England's first innings folded for 496 in the post-lunch session.

Test heads for draw after world record

India reached 167 for three in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day with a 128-run lead in hand as Shikhar Dhawan (29) and Murali Vijay (52) were guilty of throwing away their wickets on reckless shots after solid starts.

Left-handed Dhawan hit a full toss back to spinner Moeen Ali, minutes before the tea break while Vijay, who looked rock solid, danced down the wicket and the faint edge from his bat flew to the gloves of Matt Prior behind the wickets.

Cheteshwar Pujara (55) was out next ball when he cut a Liam Plunkett delivery straight to the point fielder Ben Stokes, who fumbled but held on to the ball on second attempt. Virat Kohli (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (18) saw off the remaining overs carefully.

With one day remaining in the game, the hosts would look to wrap up the Indian innings to push for a 1-0 lead in five-match series while the visitors would hope that Kohli and Rahane will bat them to safe position.

Tea: India 57/1

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan fell to a reckless shot in India's second innings after Joe Root and James Anderson created a new world record for the last-wicket partnership, which handed England a 39-run lead.

India reached 57 for one at tea with a 18-run lead after left-handed Dhawan hit a full toss back to spinner Moeen Ali, minutes before the break. Other opener Murali Vijay was batting on 19 while giving him company was Cheteshwar Pujara (8).

This was after Root (154 not out) and Anderson (81) put on an all-time Test record of 198 runs for the 10th wicket in the first two sessions of the day and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/82) snapped up his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Root, who was 78 overnight, remained unbeaten while left-handed Anderson (81) scored his maiden Test half-century as England's first innings folded for 496 in the post-lunch session.

Bhuvaneshwar broke the stand by dismissing Anderson. Root and Anderson bettered the previous world record of 163-run stand made by Australia's Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar at this very ground during the Ashes series last year.

The fourth morning began with India desperately looking for the last wicket but they allowed Anderson and Root to build a solid stand by their wayward bowling that made things easy for the hosts.

Root and Anderson partnership also beat a long-standing 111-year old English record for the 10th wicket of 130 runs by Tip Foster and Wilfred Rhodes against Australia at Sydney in 1903.

It is also first match in 137 years of Test cricket that number 11 batsmen of both the teams have scored fifties. For India, Mohammed Shami had scored an unbeaten 51 while Anderson is batting at 81 for the hosts.

Anderson's is the highest Test score by an England number 11 batsman, beating John Snow's effort of 59 not out against West Indies at The Oval in 1966.

Lunch: England 485/9

Root and Anderson smashed the world record for the last-wicket with their astonishing 187-run stand as England reached 485 for nine at lunch.

Root, who was 78 overnight, was unbeaten on 143 while left-handed Anderson (81) scored his maiden Test half-century as England took a slender 28-run lead.

The fourth morning began with India desperately looking for the last wicket but they allowed Anderson and Root to build a solid stand by their wayward bowling that made things easy for the hosts.

Shami had combined with pave colleague Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for a 111-run partnership for the last wicket that helped India reach a first innings total of 457.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/77) bowled an expensive morning spell, while Shami (2/128) and Ishant Sharma (3/144) continued to dig in short deliveries instead of mixing it up to the tail-ender Anderson, despite a nine-man catching field set by skipper MS Dhoni.

As time went by the ploys kept on failing and the lead got slimmer. Root brought up his hundred in the seventh over of the morning after facing 186 balls and hitting 12 fours. Two overs later, he brought up the 100-run partnership with Anderson as well as the 400-run mark for England.

In the 119th over of the innings, Anderson celebrated his maiden half-century in Test cricket, off 61 balls with 11 fours. He helped England get past the 450-run mark in the 130th over of the innings as also crossing the 150-run mark in his partnership with Root.

India tried Ravindra Jadeja (0-80) as well as some part-time off-spin from Murali Vijay (0-8). Stuart Binny (0-37), their fifth bowler, bowled just ten overs in the entire innings, showing that the Indian team management might have read the pitch wrong and erred in not playing R Ashwin instead.

PTI

Story first published:  Saturday, July 12, 2014, 23:33 [IST]
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