Nottingham - England's Joe Root and James Anderson rewrote the record books with a
Test record last-wicket stand but a docile Trent Bridge pitch
threatened to have the last word in their series opener with India.
pair put on 198, with Root making 154 not out and Anderson a Test-best
81, to take England to 496 on the fourth day in reply to India's first
However, India were 167 for three in their second innings at stumps, a lead of 128 runs.
Virat Kohli was eight not out and Ajinkya Rahane, looking in fine touch, 18 not out.
think overnight we both just thought that we could actually annoy the
Indians today and stay out there a little bit," the 31-year-old
Anderson, playing his 95th Test, told Sky Sports.
didn't think anything like this could happen. I wouldn't say it was easy
but it was such a slow pitch that you knew there was only a few ways
you could get out."
Just when India were on the verge of making a draw all but inevitable, they lost two well-set batsmen with the score on 140.
innings century-maker Murali Vijay (52) was caught behind by
wicketkeeper Matt Prior of the bowling of off-spinner Moeen Ali.
ball Cheteshwar Pujara (55) cut at fast bowler Liam Plunkett and Ben
Stokes, at backward point, grabbed the catch at the second attempt after
the ball hit his chest.
Root insisted England now had a chance, albeit slim, of winning the first of this five-Test series.
we're going to have to bowl well tomorrow (Sunday), get some early
wickets, but if we do you never know," said Root, whose innings was his
third score in excess of 150 in 18 Tests.
knock was the third-highest score by any Test No 11 after Australian
Ashton Agar's 98 against England at Trent Bridge last year and Tino
Best's 95 for the West Indies, also against England, at Edgbaston in
The England duo's stand surpassed the previous tenth-wicket
Test record of 163 -- shared by Agar and Phil Hughes in Nottingham last
It was the second century
last-wicket partnership of this Test after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and
Mohammed Shami (51 not out) had put on 111 in India's first innings.
it meant this match was also the first in 137 years of Test cricket
where both sides had seen their last-wicket duo share hundred stands and
both number elevens -- Shami and Anderson -- had made fifties.
India began their second innings, Vijay, who made 146 in the first
innings, should have been out for nought when he edged England spearhead
Anderson but Prior failed to get anything on the low chance.
Ali, taking the pitch out of the equation, struck in his first over to
have the disbelieving Shikhar Dhawan caught and bowled off a full toss
for a run-a-ball 29.
England, after losing six wickets for 68 runs
in the face of accurate bowling from Kumar and Ishant Sharma on Friday,
resumed on 352 for nine.
Root was 78 not out and Anderson 23 not out.
But India's seamers were unable to generate the same reverse swing they'd managed on Friday.
Left-handed batsman Anderson was the initial aggressor on Saturday with a flurry of boundaries worthy of a top-order batsman.
Root's two fours through the offside in as many Shami deliveries saw
the 23-year-old to a hundred in 186 balls including 12 boundaries.
had so nearly batted England to a draw last time out against Sri Lanka
at Headingley before being caught off a rising delivery off the
penultimate ball of the match.
It was from such a delivery that
Anderson gave a chance on 45 when he fended at Shami only for Vijay to
drop the low gully catch.
Anderson, whose previous best at this
level was 34, completed a maiden Test fifty by pulling Shami for his
11th four in just 61 balls.
He eventually edged Kumar (five for 82) to Dhawan at first slip to end a near four-hour innings.