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Late strikes help England edge ahead

12 Jul 2014, 1528 hrs IST,  ,  gocricket.com  
Late strikes help England edge ahead
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Joe Root (154*) and James Anderson (81) shared a 198-run partnership for the 10th wicket which is a world record.
Trent Bridge: English cricket is currently going through a tough phase in 2014. However, day four in the first Test at Trent Bridge represented one of the few happy days for England. The batting was buoyed by a world record stand for the final wicket and the bowling was boosted by some late strikes in the final session. At the end of it all, the 198-run stand for the 10th-wicket between Joe Root and James Anderson, combined with the late strikes from Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett ensured that a stalemate is likely to be the outcome.

India started off their second innings on a strong note with Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay batting confidently. Dhawan struck six fours in his knock before he drilled a low full toss back to Moeen Ali to depart for 29. Vijay continued to enjoy his fine form as he notched up his fifth fifty and he was ably assisted by Cheteshwar Pujara, who also scored his fifth Test fifty. However, Moeen broke the 91-run stand when he had Vijay caught behind for 52 and Pujara departed immediately for 55 thanks to a juggling effort from Ben Stokes at backward point. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane ensured that there were no further jolts as India ended the day on 167/3, ahead by 128 runs.

However, the talking point undoubtedly was the world record 198-run stand between Root and Anderson. Both batsmen batted with maturity and with confidence. They complimented each other and were involved in a competition of who would protect whom. They took turns in farming the strike and the end result was Root reaching his fourth Test century while Anderson recorded his maiden Test fifty. This Test will also be remembered as been the first instance where the last wicket partnership of both teams went past 100.

Anderson broke another record. He registered the highest ever score by an England No. 11, going past John Snow's 59 against the West Indies at The Oval in 1966. He looked good to reach a century before Bhuvneshwar Kumar snapped him up for 81. In the process, Bhuvneshwar recorded his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. No wickets fell in the first session as the Indian bowlers lacked penetration. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma struggled for consistency while Ravindra Jadeja disappointed.

At the start of the day, India were looking to take out the final wicket quickly and build on a sizeable lead. However, it has taken an epic partnership to dash their hopes and they will now be aiming to bat out the final day and gain some confidence ahead of the Lord's Test.

Brief scores: India 457 all out (Vijay 146, Dhoni 82, Bhuvneshwar 58, Anderson 3/123), England 496 all out (Root 154*, Ballance 71, Anderson 81, Bhuvneshwar 5/82), India 167/3 (Vijay 52, Pujara 55, Moeen Ali 2/39) lead by 128 runs.

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Trailing India by 105 runs, England started Day 4 on 359 for 9 and Joe Root, James Anderson ensured that Indians where on the field the entire morning session in search of the elusive last wicket.
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From a rearguard effort, the duo's partnership soon changed into a record-breaking one with James Anderson scoring 81 runs, the highest ever score by an England number 11 batsman.
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Root on the other hand scored his fourth Test hundred and went on to remain unbeaten on 154.
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The duo broke the record for the highest partnership for the 10th wicket in Test history scoring 198 runs between them.
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After lunch, Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up Anderson as England got out for 496, leading India by 39 runs. Kumar finished with figures of 5 for 82, his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.
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In their second innings, India started positively with Shikhar Dhawan hitting a run-a-ball 29, before gifting his wicket to Moeen Ali.
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Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara then got together for a 91-run stand in the final session.
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The duo though got out in successive deliveries to hand England the advantage late in the day. Vijay got out to Ali for 52, while Pujara departed for 55 to Liam Plunkett.
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India finished day four at 167 for 3 with Virat Kohli (8*) and Ajinkya Rahane (18*) in the middle. India lead England by 128 runs.
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