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Binny, Bhuvneshwar fifties help India draw the Test

13 Jul 2014, 1523 hrs IST,  ,  gocricket.com  
Binny, Bhuvneshwar fifties help India draw the Test
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Stuart Binny scored his maiden Test fifty while Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored yet another fifty.
Trent Bridge: This first Test at Trent Bridge was an oddity in a lot of ways. Batsmen were getting wickets while bowlers were scoring runs. At the end of it all, India were aided by some magnificent fifties from Stuart Binny and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as they reached 391/9 declared to draw the match.

The last hour of the match summed up the mood of the Test match. With the result known, England skipper Alastair Cook brought himself onto bowl for the first time since the second Test against South Africa at Leeds in 2008. He started off with well flighted offbreaks and he missed his length on a couple of occasions. What the moment provided was ample entertainment for the scattering of fans at Trent Bridge after bat relentlessly dominated ball.

Cook started off his second over with a really short ball. In the second ball, he impersonated former England bowler Bob Willis' bowling action but on the third, he snapped up Ishant Sharma for 13 to pick up his first Test wicket. Mohammed Shami came on and slapped the last ball for a boundary as MS Dhoni declared the innings at the cut-off time.

Earlier in the day, England had some hope for an unlikely win when Stuart Broad snapped up Virat Kohli for 8 and Ajinkya Rahane for 24. Broad was getting some zip off the wicket and he was getting some movement off the seam as he troubled the Indian batsmen. Dhoni hung in there but he was undone by some fine reverse swing bowling from Liam Plunkett. Dhoni's feet were stuck on the crease as he attempted to whip an inswinger through midwicket but he missed it and the ball hit his pads and crashed onto the stumps as he departed for 11.

Ravindra Jadeja batted out of his comfort zone as he took 37 balls to get off the mark but he did it in style when he danced down the track and launched James Anderson straight down the ground for a boundary. Binny, on the other hand, was batting confidently and he blunted Anderson and Broad with assurance. India were slowly approaching the safety zone when the second new ball took out Ravindra Jadeja. Anderson managed to induce the left-hander into a poke and he fell for 31.

Binny and Bhuvneshwar then slowly took the game away from England as they notched up a 91-run stand for the eighth wicket to take the game out of England's grasp. Binny was unlucky to miss out on a century but this knock has ensured that India face some selection issues ahead of the second Test at Lord's.

Bhuvneshwar, on the other hand, had a memorable match. He became the fourth Indian player to score 100 runs in the match and take five wickets. Overall, 1344 runs were scored in the course of the five days and only 29 wickets were taken. This match will be memorable for the world record 10th wicket stand between Joe Root and Anderson. It will be remembered for the best 10th wicket stand for India in Tests against England. It was a match where Anderson achieved the highest score by an England No. 11 in Tests. A docile pitch was not the ideal start to a five-match series, but there is a hope that things can get better in the coming Tests.

Brief scores: India 457 all out (Vijay 146, Dhoni 82, Bhuvneshwar 58, Anderson 3/123), England 496 all out (Root 154*, Anderson 81, Ballance 71, Bhuvneshwar 5/82), India 391/9 dec (Vijay 52, Pujara 55, Binny 78, Bhuvneshwar 63*, Moeen Ali 3/105). Match drawn

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In pics: Binny helps India draw Test at Trent Bridge

Resuming Day 5 at 167 for 3, India lost Virat Kohli in the second over of the day to Stuart Broad for 8.
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Broad took the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane for 24 soon after to leave India in a spot of bother at 173 for 5.
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Dhoni's departure for 11 by Liam Plunkett then infused some life into the match as England sensed hope of an unlikely win.
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But, Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny batted sensibly and compiled a 65-run stand to take India to safety.
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Binny then joined forces with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and en route to a 91-run stand, the allrounder scored his maiden Test fifty before getting out for 78.
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Kumar also got to his fifty, his second of the match and remained unbeaten on 63 at close of play.
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With the match heading to a draw, Alastair Cook provided some late entertainment as he came on to bowl and took the wicket of Ishant Sharma. With 15 overs left in the day, India declared their innings at 391 for 9 thus ending the match in a stalemate.
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