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Nottingham Test Finishes in a Draw, Debutant Stuart Binny’s 78-Run Knock Saves India from Looming Defeat against England

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Nottingham Test Finishes in a Draw, Debutant Stuart Binny’s 78-Run Knock Saves India from Looming Defeat against England

July 14
11:44 2014

binny1Nottingham, Monday, July 14 – Overseas matches are usually more challenging for the Indian squad as compared to those contests that are played at home as it is a tad difficult for the team to get adjusted with the foreign environment and know what surprises have been hid in the pitch. The humiliating defeat what Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his ‘potential playing 11’ faced in 2011 is still fresh in the minds of viewers. Same sort of situation was almost probable to repeat once again at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, as soon as Joseph Edward Root (154 runs of 295 balls; 4 x 15) and James Anderson (81 runs of 130 balls; 4 x 17) – the last man to go for bat – combined efforts to break several records on the third and fourth day of the first Test match, making England put 496 runs on the scoreboard against India’s 457 runs.

In the 2nd innings, Murali Vijay kept on showing his splendid play and hit a half-century. Facing 175 balls, the Chennai born player scored 52 runs, inclusive of 7 boundaries and a six, before falling short against Moeen Ali, who made Shikhar Dhawan to go back to the pavilion first when the player was trying his best efforts to gain foothold. Despite playing a short knock of 29 runs, the 28-year-old young man from Delhi spellbound the audience with striking 4s, which were hit at different corners of the ground. Chesteshwar Pujara also scored an amazing 55 runs of 101 balls, together with 7 boundaries.

However, the ball seemed getting in England’s court the moment Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, skipper Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were dismissed at the score of 8, 24, 11 and 31, respectively. But it was Debutant Stuart Binny’s innings that ensured draw for his team in opposition to the hosting country England. Before succumbing to Ali, a dynamic play was exhibited by the 30-year-old player. With the help of 8 fours and a six, this right-handed cricketer played a 78-run knock lending a hand to his team to stay far away from the fear of defeat.

Ishant Sharma was out at 13 runs by the England captain Alastair Cook, but this time he showed the confidence with bat by hitting a couple of boundaries. Shami Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar pair was once again seen on the crease who remained unbeaten at the scores of 4 and 63, respectively. The guest team declared its second innings at 391 for the loss of 9 wickets in the final session, making the first Test of the 5-match Test series end in a draw. The second test will start from Thursday, July 17 at Lord’s, London.

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