England v India – What will be the series outcome?
The BCCI and ECB are locked in discussions over the outcome of the test series between England v India after India pulled out of the 5th test at Old Trafford due to covid infections. This will have a large bearing over the test rankings and there’s no timeframe on the final result!
4th Test Match England v India – India won by 157 runs
England won the toss and chose to bowl, with the wicket predicted to come to the batsmen over the coming days and it looked to be the right decision by captain Root. A bright start by Woakes, Robinson and Anderson saw the fast paced England attack take important early wickets, reducing India to 39-3, 69-4 and a 105-5. Kohli kept the morning and afternoon sessions respectable with a half century, before Robinson made the crucial breakthrough with the perfect length to force the edge and into the hands of Bairstow.
England struggled again in this series to take care of the tailenders as Thakur hit 57 off 36 to top score for the visitors. A score of 191, England were the happier of the two teams going into the next innings but they failed to capitalise with a dismal opening start. Burns and Hameed opened for England but in 4 overs they were both dismissed by Bumrah with just 6 on the board. Root and Malan put some runs on the board but by the morning of day 2, England were sitting on 62/5 and were staring down another embarrassing innings with the bat.
A hero needed to step up and that man was Ollie Pope who dragged England back into the game with a solid 81 from 159 balls, supported by respectable contributions from Bairstow, Ali, and a quick half century from Woakes. England ended the innings on 290 and a smaller lead than they would have liked in relation to the conditions.
With an hour or so left in Day 2, England tried to take some crucial early wickets like they did in the first innings. The Kia Oval capacity crowd were in great voice and expecting a late flurry of wickets but Rohit Sharma and Rahul held strong and saw out the evening effectively.
Day three was an exemplary batting performance from India who stayed patient and put the runs on the board to force them into a favourable position. Man of the Match Rohit Sharma was the pick of the bunch, scoring 127 runs at just under 3 an over but solid contributions came in throughout the order. India piled on the runs all the way through to the back end of day 4, scoring 465 and challenging England to chase down a record 368 from a day and a bit’s play.
Huge pressure on Hameed and Burns in a beautiful Sunday’s evening at the Oval to see out the session, especially after their shocking first innings display. But credit to the both of them as they gave England a realistic shot of winning this test match, ending on 77/0 at the end of the day, playing defensively solid cricket.
Day 5, glorious London sunshine, just what test cricket is all about! It was a tall order for England to score 291 to win but it was definitely possible and the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing from both sides, with a huge Indian following contributing to a brilliant test match.
Burns and Hammed both reached 50 and the morning session was looking to be going England’s way, but then Burns edged a beauty from Thakur as the ball started to reverse swing. Malan got himself in but a terrible run out through hesitation cost him his place and the crumble commenced in the afternoon.
England were on 131-2 at lunch and the game was tantalisingly poised. But Jadeja and some world-class bowling from Bumrah tore England’s hopes to shreds and before you knew it, England were 147-6 and staring glaringly at defeat. Root hung on for another few overs, but Thakur bowled a slower delivery on a length, outside off and Root nicks an inside edge and after that it was all over.
India recovered from a terrible start and pulled off an immaculate victory in a crucial test match to give them a great chance of taking the series in full. This really was test cricket at it’s finest and it was brilliant to be there and host our guests.
3rd Test Match England v India – England won by an innings and 76 runs
England absolutely stormed to victory at Headingley, winning by an innings and 76 runs in a vital test match for the series.
Joe Root continued his unbelievable form with the bat, scoring 121 runs from 165 balls to power past India’s shocking opening innings score of 78. Burns and Hameed came out to open and put up 135 runs, immediately putting pressure on the India bowlers to try and get them back into the game. Malan scored 70, Overton 32 and Bairstow 29 to give England a commanding first innings lead.
Ultimately it was the England bowling attack that won them this game. Ollie Robinson had an outstanding test match, taking 7 wickets across the two innings to earn the player of the match and a justification of his recent return to the England team. Jimmy was typical Jimmy, taking crucial wickets throughout and India never were able to get going.
This has resulted in a fantastically poised series with the Oval starting on the 2nd September.
2nd Test Match England v India – India won by 151 runs
The first three days at Lord’s were closely fought and both teams batted well in their respective 1st innings. Opening batsman Kannaur Rahul was the star of the show, scoring a classy 129 runs alongside Rohit Sharma to put India in a formidable position. The strong opening partnership was finally broken by Jimmy Anderson, who ended with a five-for at the end of another consistent performance. Batting contributions from Kohli, Pant and Jadeja left India on 364 well into Day 2.
Who else but captain Joe Root to lead England to a small 1st innings lead with a brilliant knock of 180. His performance was outstanding, evident by his impressive strike rate of 56.07. Jonny Bairstow and opener Rory Burns pushed England along and by the end of Day 3 it was still anyone’s match, although the possibility of another series was draw was hovering in the darker crowds.
Tactically India outclassed England in the second innings and the England bowling attack made some indifferent decisions when trying to bowl India out to give them a chance of the win. The tailenders of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were outstanding in forcing India into a winning position that looked very unlikely at the start of the day. Their combined 90 not out took India to 298 as Kohli declared with 60 or so overs to go on Day 5 to allow their fierce bowling attack to throw the kitchen sink at England.
You don’t see it often and it couldn’t have come at a worse time as both England openers were out for ducks in 8 balls between them. Bumrah and Shami did the damage and immediately England were on the back foot and India smelt blood. Hameed went for 9, Bairstow 2 and a small 33 run cameo from Root didn’t mask a terrible opening couple of hours which bought the Indian crowd at Lord’s to mass celebrations.
Jos Buttler in at 6 had a clear job to do and that was to try and hold the England team to a draw. His 25 off 96 was as defensive as an opener in T20 format could be, but with around 22 overs of play left, Siraj made the breakthrough. Sam Curran followed one ball later and on a hat trick, Siraj faced up Ollie Robinson who survived. As the pressure continued to build, India knew they needed just one more significant breakthrough to get into the tailenders and Bumrah’s LBW dismissal of Ollie Robinson did just that. Buttler and Anderson followed and India celebrated an unbelievable end to an unbelievable test match.
England will look back at this test match with huge regret and a lot of questions will be asked about how this one got away. Changes are likely to be made for the third match at Headingley as the home side will be desperately searching to find a solution and recover the test series.
1st Test Match England v India – Match Drawn
The test match was beautifully poised going into Day 5 at Trent Bridge as India had the full day to make 157 with 9 wickets in hand to win the first match of the series. Root’s standout score of 64 took India to 183, with India responding with 278. Just like the second match Rahul top scored with 84 and it has been clear to see the in-form players from both teams, especially with the bat.
Ollie Robinson got his first England five-for, supported by Anderson who notched up another four wickets to add to his ridiculous test wicket taking record. Down 95, England upped their game in the second innings as (guess who) Joe Root made a century to drive England to a score of 303. Bumrah stepped up for India with the ball, taking five wickets himself including the increasingly important dismissal of Root.
As the end of day 4 concluded, India stuck 52 on the board and set themselves up perfectly to see out the game in a controlled manor. The weather was teasing the teams for a conclusion as showers continued to come and go and offer hope for the two cricket mad nations but by 3.49pm the game was officially declared drawn.
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