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India vs England 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: Play abandoned, match ends in a draw

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test: The last day at Trent Bridge was called off due to bad weather.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 8, 2021 10:36:57 pm
Cricket India EnglandAn umpire walks into the ground to inspect after rain stopped play during the third day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England. (AP Photo)

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test: Day five of India vs England was abandoned due to rain and the first match of WTC23 ended in a draw on Sunday.

Persistent rain proved to be anti-climactic as India, who had a realistic shot at victory in the series-opener, were forced to share points with England after entire fifth day’s play was washed out. India needed to score 157 runs on the final day but the rain did not allow a single ball. As part of the new World Test Championship cycle, both India and England log home four points each.

Earlier, chasing a total of 209, India got off to a good start in the run chase despite losing the wicket of KL Rahul for 26. India need 157 more runs on Day 5 with nine wickets in hand.

On Day 4, England skipper Joe Root led from the front with a superb counter-attacking hundred but Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul on the fourth day made India favourites to chase down the tricky target. It was Root’s 21st Test hundred — a masterful 109 off 172 balls, that saw England put up a much-improved batting show, scoring 303 in 85.5 overs. In the time left during the penultimate hour, India scored 52 for one with Stuart Broad dismissing KL Rahul (26 off 38 balls) with a beauty. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were unbeaten on 12 each. However, persistent rain dashed all hopes of a result on Sunday.

Playing XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson

Match EndedIndia tour of England, 2021 - 1st Test


183 (65.4) u0026 303 (85.5)


278 (84.5) u0026 52/1 (14.0)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
England drew with India

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India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test, Day 5: England scored 303 in their second innings, setting India a target of 209 but heavy rain on the last day led the opening Test to a draw on Saturday. Skipper Joe Root (109) led from the front to score his 21st Test hundred. For India, Jasprit Bumrah picked up a five-wicket haul.

20:49 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Virat Kohli at post-match presentation

'We thought we had a chance right in front of us. We were on top in the game after batting and bowling well. It's a shame we couldn't complete Day Five. 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.'


20:26 (IST)08 Aug 2021
India vs England 1st Test: Match drawn

Day 5 abandoned due to rain, match ends in a draw. No play is possible on Day 5 at Trent Bridge as rain has the final say. England and India will go again in the second Test at Lord's from Thursday. A very frustrating day for cricket fans. Should the ICC initiate reserve days for all test matches, not just the WTC final? a lot of positives for India to take especially with the seam bowling department which snared 20 English wickets. James Anderson and Ollie Robinson too look in fine form and it does seem like pacers will play a significant role going forward.

20:02 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Tea at Trent Bridge

Tea has been taken, we've officially got only one session left for India to chase these runs. However, the big news is it has stopped raining now on the ground. At least for now.

19:51 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Rain refuses to relent

There is no positive news from Trent Bridge yet as the rain refuses to relent. The scheduled inspection was also delayed due to rain. However, according to forecasts, it should stop raining by 9 PM IST 


19:49 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Reverse jinx may not work
19:12 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Inspection has been delayed

It has started to rain and the inspection has been delayed. As of now rain has relented a bit but could be back anytime. Super soppers out, fingers crossed, rain, rain go away!


18:38 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Covers coming off

UPDATE - It has stopped raining and there will be an inspection at 2.30 PM local time ( 7 PM IST)

18:12 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Update: It's still raining

We're nearing the scheduled start of the second session and it is still raining in Nottingham.


17:06 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Early lunch has been called

No action in the first session of day five due to persistent rain at Trent Bridge. Early lunch has been called. Remember that play can go till 19:30 local (12:00am Indian time) weather permitting.

16:22 (IST)08 Aug 2021
It's still raining at Trent Bridge

Sorry folks we have some bad news as of now. It's raining heavily in Nottingham at the moment. First session is likely to be washed out.


15:53 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Weather Update

It's still raining out here in Nottingham. It doesn't seem like play will be starting anytime soon. Hopefully we get some play later today though as we should be in for a cracking finish.


15:31 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Rain continues to delay start

We are going to see a delayed start at Trent Bridge as it has started raining. The rain has, as they say at the Met Office, become a little more organised. Persistent precipitation continues to fall"

15:20 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Stuart Broad's incredible stats
15:19 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Bumrah on Trent Bridge honours board

Jasprit Bumrah's name gets inscribed on Trent Bridge honours board after five-wicket haul for 2nd time

15:11 (IST)08 Aug 2021
India vs England Live: Tune in to listen
14:59 (IST)08 Aug 2021
India vs England Live: Weather report

It is wet and windy here at Trent Bridge

14:57 (IST)08 Aug 2021
India vs England Live: As things stand

England desperately needed something to show for its time in the field and, after 10 wicketless overs, Broad provided it with a teaser that tempted Rahul in and took his edge. Cheteshwar Pujara survived a bat-pad scare moments before the close as he and Rohit Sharma survived for stumps.

14:56 (IST)08 Aug 2021
India vs England Live: Hello and welcome

Joe Root struck a classy captain's century to keep England alive in the first test against India on Saturday and tee up a potentially thrilling day-five finale at Trent Bridge. India had an hour to respond to England's much-improved 303 all out, losing KL Rahul to a wicked delivery from Stuart Broad but chipping a useful 52 off their chase to leave another 157 required. Stay tuned for live updates of Day 5. 

India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, bowls a delivery past England's Dom Sibley during the fourth day of the first Test. (AP)

Joe Root drove Shardul Thakur past mid-on and let out his emotions. His batting form had dipped since mid-February. His captaincy has been under the scanner. At the pre-match press conference, Root was asked about if the next 10 Tests – five against India followed by five in the Ashes – could determine his captaincy future. The England captain didn’t brush aside the question and sort of agreed that the results in the two high-profile series might have a bearing. Then again, he is not an average Joe and his masterclass gave his team a chance at Trent Bridge.

Root’s 21st Test century, his first in England in three years, was one of the best of his 106-game career. For the first time in four days, the sun shone unfettered and play was uninterrupted. The pitch and conditions became easier for batting. But Root was up against a top-class Indian pace attack spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, who bagged a five-for in England’s second innings to announce his return to form after the World Test Championship (WTC) final lull. The hosts posted 303 in their second innings to give India a victory target of 209. Root scored 109 of those runs.

It was a gripping day of Test cricket; a day which in Indian sporting context belonged to Neeraj Chopra. Not often does an India-England game gets overshadowed by other sports events, but 87.58m has now been etched in sporting history.

From England’s point of view, however, Root held the key to the day. At 46/2 and trailing by 95 runs on first innings, trouble beckoned. After a streaky four against Bumrah to get off the mark, Root steadily grew into the game. A stiff breeze was blowing across the ground and Mohammed Siraj was getting his inswingers going. England’s batting talisman attested his intent with a couple of gorgeous boundaries against the bowler. Back-to-back fours off Mohammed Shami were even better. Root was taking the game to India.

Virat Kohli tried to keep his opposite number off strike and attack the dour Dom Sibley. The ploy nearly worked. For a while, Root’s batting became a little twitchy. He regained his rhythm by hitting a four off Shami that also took him to his half-century.

Kohli versus James Anderson is not the only subplot of the series. This is also Root’s challenge to go shoulder to shoulder with his ‘Fab Four’ mates – Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith. This was his 10th Test hundred as England skipper. Only Peter May, Graham Gooch and Alastair Cook are ahead of him.  [Read More]

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