England vs India: First Test ends in a stalemate
The first Investec Test between India and England eventually ended in a stalemate due to a great show of resistance shown by both teams. Team India recorded an impressive score of 457 in the first innings thanks to Murali Vijay’s brilliant century of 146. India looked like they were going to get England out cheaply but an astonishing 198-run partnership between Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson changed the course of the match.
It was India’s turn to erase the deficit and post a competitive total on the board. Although there weren't many assured performances from the Indian middle-order, thankfully, the tail decided to wag and how! Stuart Binny in his debut match helped India save the Test match with a resilient 78 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar at No. 9 recorded his second fifty of the match and provided able support to his partner. India declared at 391/9 and both captains decided it was time to shake hands and call it even.
India’s premier batsman Virat Kohli will aim to record a big one at cricket's Mecca, Lord's, in the next Test match. The RCBian didn’t get going in the first Test, but we can be rest assured that Kohli will fire on all cylinders as the series progresses.
Ishant Sharma’s performance in the coming Tests will be under the scanner and if he fails to deliver, we might see yet another RCBian, Varun Aaron, in the playing XI when the series reaches its fag end.
There were 3 instances when India didn’t lose the first Test of a series in England – in 1971, 1986 and 2007. Astonishingly, India went on to win the series on all three occasions.
Looks like the writing is on the wall as far as the Test series is concerned!