England and India walk away with a draw after final-day washout in Trent Bridge

Brief scorecard: England 183/10 (Joe Root 64, Jonny Bairstow 29, Sam Curran 27*; Jasprit Bumrah 4/46, Mohammed Shami 3/28) and 303/10 (Root 109, Curran 32; Bumrah 5/64, Shardul Thakur 2/37) drew with India 278/10 (KL Rahul 84, Ravindra Jadeja 56; Ollie Robinson 5/85, James Anderson 4/54) and 52/1 (Rahul 26, Cheteshwar Pujara 12*; Rohit Sharma 12*; Stuart Broad 1/18)

Statistical highlights of England vs India 1st Test 2021

  • Persistent showers washed out the fifth day of the first Test as England and India left Nottingham with the series level at 0-0 with four Tests left to play.
  • India had put themselves in a strong position at stumps on day four, when they were 52 for one, chasing 209 for victory to go 1-0 up.
  • The rain-enforced draw was the 50th between India and England, with 22 of those coming on English soil.
  • That India had to chase a total in excess of 200 in the fourth innings was largely down to England captain Joe Root’s counter-attacking hundred, 172-ball 109, in the second innings. It underpinned the total of 303 and earned the host an overall lead of 208 runs. It was Root’s 21st Test century, punctuated by 14 fours, and one of his most fluent and significant knocks in the format.
  • India fast bowlers took all 20 wickets in the Test match, with Jasprit Bumrah finishing with figures of 39.4-6-110-9. It was only the second instance that India’s fast-bowling unit managed to pick all 20 wickets, having last achieved the feat against South Africa in Johannesburg in January 2018.
  • Bumrah picked 5/64 in England’s second innings, his sixth Test five-for, as he once again proved lethal with the second new ball to help India restrict the home side to 303 all out.
  • On day two, the much-anticipated duel between James Anderson and Virat Kohli lasted just one ball in India’s first innings as the Indian skipper was nicked off by the veteran English seamer. It was the fifth instance of Kohli being dismissed for a first-ball duck in Test cricket.
  • Anderson took 4 for 54 in India’s first innings and leapfrogged Anil Kumble (619) as the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.
  • Ravindra Jadeja added another feather to his cap as he became the fifth-fastest Test cricketer to reach the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets. Only Ian Botham (49), Imran Khan (50), Kapil Dev (50), and his current team-mate Ravichandran Ashwin (51) have been faster. The Saurashtra spin-bowling all-rounder went on to make a crucial 56 in India’s first innings to drive them to a handy first-innings lead of 95 runs. It was his 16th Test fifty.
  • Also central to India taking a substantial first-innings lead was KL Rahul’s patient knock of 84 as he spent 14 minutes shy of six hours at the crease. Stepping in to the opener’s role after Mayank Agarwal had been ruled out with a concussion on match eve, Rahul showed typical elegance in driving the ball off the front and back foot even as he showed (for the most part) good judgement of his off-stump to conquer the testing conditions at Trent Bridge. Rahul was making a comeback into India’s Test side after last featuring in whites more than two years ago in the West Indies. He harnessed the opportunity with a solid half-century, his 12th in Test cricket.
  • The draw India’s 11th under Kohli’s captaincy.