India vs England 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: IND draws first Test vs ENG; Rain spoils day five in Nottingham

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Rain continues to keep the teams indoors in the second session on day five at Trent Bridge.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's HIGHLIGHTS of Day Five of the first Test between India and England as action unfolds at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

 

The World Test Championship continues its series advert for the unpredictable UK weather as rain has beat both sides hands down in the first Test. But in the streaks of game time that we had on display, India rose to the occasion with a fine all-round performance before Joe Root once again led his side from the front with a classical ton. All this today, I was wondering, how the game would have stood coming into the fifth day. Root's ton propelled a fine comeback and took it a notch higher for the host who eventually finished with a 209-run lead in its second innings. It's a shame that the game has ended without a ball being bowled on day five but sets up the gruelling, long tour perfectly for both teams nevertheless.

Virat Kohli: We were expecting rain on days three and four but it chose to come on day five. It would have been enjoyable to play and watch, but it's a shame. This is exactly what we wanted to do; start strong. On day five we knew we had our chances. We certainly felt like we were on top of the game. Getting that lead was crucial, but it's a shame we couldn't finish day five. Getting to fifty overnight was important. We just didn't want to play for survival. Our intent kept us ahead. It's hard work of three odd weeks for our bowlers with the bat. We were talking of a lead of 40-odd but we ended up with 95 and those runs were gold dust. Most likely this will be our template in this series, but adaptability has been our strength. The conditions and the pace on the wicket needs to be seen, but this team will be our template. England and India have always been a blockbuster, and looking forward to the next Test.

Joe Root |PoM: The weather disrupted what would have been a very interesting final day. Great Test match to play in and watch as well. Sets up the series really well and hopefully we can take it into the next games. We certainly believed we could win. We knew we would have opportunities if we took our catches and kept our fields. It's a shame it ended this way. There are certain areas where we want to get better in. We want to get better at the top of the order and take our catches. We need strong characters. We want to keep that enthususiasm in, it is fun scoring runs and a fun game. Really relishing the opportunities in front of us. We have to deal with till the schedule changes and the setup changes. The experienced guys have it easier going from white ball to Test cricket, but the youngers guys might not have that experience. It must be quite challenging for our youngsters, but that's no excuse. To finally get to my century was a relief given how I played throughout the day. I think India have a very good seam attack and credit to them for the way they bowled. I just wanted to put the pressure back on them with a few shots. Certainly feel full of confidence on the back of that.


8:21PM IST:
The dagger has landed. PLAY ABANDONED and we have a DRAW on frustrating terms.... for all the hopes of a humdinger finish, the English skies have just turned out to be a massive disappointment once again. Series standings: IND - 0, ENG - 0, R - 1 (won); On a serious note India and England share four points each to kick-start WTC 2.0 on a low.

8:00PM IST: And just like that, we've waded our way through to Tea at Trent Bridge.  Rain has subsided for now and well, that's about it for now, lads. Not a minute has passed, and the rain's back.

7:55PM IST: Well, VK's enjoying the rain break nevertheless

VK's having fun elsewhere!   -  Getty Images

 

7:30PM IST: The forecast isn't any better for the evening as heavy rains await..

Time (UK)3:00 4:005:006:00
Chances of rain40%70%70%30%

 

6:56PM IST: We're back to a pool, folks. The drizzles have taken over again. Gosh, how quickly do the scenarios change in the UK. The side covers are being put back on and the inspection has been delayed.

Yes, the UK weather could get you to do that, Shaz.

The wait continues in the second session.....   -  Action Images via Reuters

 

6:44PM IST: UPDATE FROM BCCI: It has stopped raining and there will be an inspection at 2.30 PM local time (7 PM IST)

6:37PM IST: The groundsmen are up and running and with the superb draining facilities that are available at the ground, play could restart soon if the skies oblige.

Groundsmen hard at work as the rain relents post Lunch in Nottingham.   -  Action Images via Reuters

 

6:33PM IST: Pant, Jadeja and possibly a Boom Boom to come up the batting order?

 

6:26PM IST: Some good news as the super soppers are out and about to clear the puddles in the outfield and we could hope for better signs from here. The rains have receded.

6:12PM IST: Umpires and groundsmen have a brief chat on the sidelines even as steady rain continues to tumble down.

5:52PM IST: Strong showers take over again after Lunch, arrgh.....

Rain continues post Lunch in Nottingham.   -  AP

 

5:21PM IST: Soggier by the minute in Nottingham. India was in for a chance to take a huge leap in the series despite a chunk of overs lost on days two and three. And we've lost a decent amount today as well. Play can go on until 7:30pm local time (12am IST), only if the rain chooses to take a detour.

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5:13PM IST:
As expected, the downpour has begun as the players take lunch.

5:01PM IST: Forecasts predicts heavy rain for the upcoming hour until things ease up late in the evening.

Time (UK)12:30 2:004:005:006:00
Chances of rain90%50%10%10%10%


4:39PM IST: It's a first session washout
and Lunch will be taken at 12:30PM local time (5:00PM IST).

4:33PM IST: Should've guessed the last update was just a cruel joke on all of us. The rains are back....


4:25PM IST:
And just like that the rain's cleared off and it's getting brighter.

4:20PM IST: Grim.

 

4:06PM IST: Distressing images from the venue as the rain has picked up once again.

3:41PM IST: We continue to wait as the rain lingers with a low intensity.

3:33PM IST: A depressing shower continues to linger on. Visuals show Joe Root and Virat Kohli having separate chats with the umpire. Good news is that the umbrellas are ditched for now.

3:13PM IST: A slight drizzle continues and does enough to perhaps put the scheduled start in doubt. This is how the Trent Bridge organisers describe the situation: "The rain has, as they say at the Met Office, become a little more organised. Persistent precipitation continues to fall."

Cloudy, wet weather persists at Trent Bridge ahead of day five.   -  Getty Images

 

2:53PM IST: Covers continue at the centre as thick clouds continue to hover over the ground. Nothing yet on a possible delay to the start as it continues to drizzle.


We are up for today with a gloomy forecast to start. Here's how the UK Met Department's current forecast for Nottingham looks like:

Time (UK)11:0012:001:003:005:00
Chances of rain70%50%50%40%40%


2:17PM IST:
All wet and windy at the moment in Nottingham

A wet start to day five at Trent Bridge.   -  BCCI

 

2:15pm: Here's a look at the key numbers and stats ahead of the day's play

  • Most wickets in a Test match in England by an Indian: 10/188 - Chetan Sharma, 9/110 - Jasprit Bumrah*, 9/134 - Zaheer Khan
  • Joe Root's 109 was his first Test century at home since 2018. It also marked his 21st Test ton and his sixth against India in 38 innings.
  • Root completed 1000 Test runs in 2021 and overtook Pakistan's Mohammed Rizwan to become the leading run-scorer this year with 1190 runs.
  • Rohit Sharma became the leading run-scorer in ICC tournaments history. He holds the highest average and has also most tons across each tournament. Rohit Sharma (3274 runs, 54.56 AVG), Joe Root (3271 runs, 51.10 AVG), Virat Kohli (3270, 54.5 AVG)

  • Out of Jasprit Bumrah's 92 Test wickets, 88 have come in SENA (South Africa, England, NZ, Australia). 

  • India's fast bowlers picked all 20 England wickets in Nottingham, marking just the second such instance in history. The first such instance happened in 2018 in Johannesburg.

1:40pm: Under two hours to scheduled start and it seems like we're in for a dampener.

 

1:33pm - After a lowly WTC final, this indeed was a classic comeback

 


Day 4 Review

A perfect day of Test match cricket with a see-saw battle for the bragging rights culminated in India narrowly placing itself on top once again. England's tremendous comeback led by Joe Root's stupendous 21st Test meant that India was out of contention for a fair share of play on Saturday. Root's adept strokeplay frustrated the Indian bowlers and Kohli's men had to wait until the 80th over of the innings in order to bring in a change of fortune.

Joe Root's rich vein of form against India continued as he brought up his 21st Test century in the second innings on Saturday.   -  Action Images via Reuters

 

Jasprit Bumrah took the new Dukes ball and instantly jolted England with the scalp of the centurion Root and followed it up with a flurry of wickets to bowl the host out for 303 in a finish that came sooner than expected. 

READ: ENG vs IND, 1st Test, Day Four: Joe Root, Bumrah keep contest on knife's edge  

England set a target of 209 - a total that has never been chased at Trent Bridge in history - and despite its beleaguered bowling line-up that has looked pale save Anderson and Robinson - will be kept invested on day five. Root will be alert of the frailties in the Indian middle-order with three of its cornerstone batters - Pujara, Kohli and Rahane - rummaging for form and a pivotal knock to lead their side to a win.

With the in-form KL Rahul falling a couple of overs before stumps, England has managed to send the message across to the Indian batters that the remaining 157 runs could well prove to be a herculean task if they slip-up once again in overseas conditions. A challenge to the fortitude of India's leading men and a test of verve for Root's depleted English side. If good weather permits, we're in for a cracker in Nottingham.


Playing XIs

India XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj,

England Full Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson,


WHERE TO WATCH IND VS ENG 1st TEST LIVE?

The first Test between India and England will be shown LIVE on SONY SIX and SONY TEN 4 channels and streamed online on Sony LIV and Jio TV from 3.30 pm IST.