England found quick two wickets late in the day 4 and that meant India had their work cut-out on Day 5 morning. India began their day with a lead of 128 runs and had seven wickets in hand. Stuart Broad dismissed two overnight batsmen quickly and sent shivers down the India camp. Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja then fabricated a partnership to see India out of danger. After four days of riveting action the match finally ended in a draw on day 5 with India scoring 391-9 in their 2nd innings. In case you missed the action earlier here are five interesting highlights of the day’s play.
England strike early
England needed an early wicket to put pressure on India and they got three of them. Stuart Broad removed both overnight batsmen, first he had Virat Kohli trapped in front of the wicket in the second over of the day and then had Ajinkya Rahane caught behind. Liam Plunkett then struck in his first spell to dismiss Indian captain MS Dhoni and handed his team an early advantage they were looking for. India at that stage were leading by just 145 runs with six wickets down.
Stuart Binny & Ravindra Jadeja fight back
After losing three quick wickets India needed Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja to drop anchors and both the batsmen did so with defiance. Jadeja was very watchful and it took him 37 balls to get off the mark, while Binny exhibited wide array of strokes and made sure India inch closer to secure position. The duo added match saving 65 for the seventh wicket and batted together for 21 overs before James Anderson removed Jadeja.
Stuart Binny impresses
With Jadeja’s departure India had a lead of 210 runs and two sessions still remained in the day’s play. Binny then steered the ship and along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar drove India to safety. Binny completed his maiden half-century and batted with intent on his debut under pressure. After scoring 78 he was victim of yet another umpiring error in this test match as he was adjudged lbw with ball going away from leg-stump which the TV replays later confirmed.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the batsman
Bhuvneshwar Kumar did well to support Binny and then after the latter’s dismissal he led the charge. Bhuvi registered his second half-century of the match and became the second number nine batsman in test cricket after Peter Siddle to score fifties in both the innings of a match. With game heading towards the draw Bhuvi remained unbeaten on 63.
Man of the Match James Anderson
Murali Vijay, Joe Root and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and James Anderson were the contenders for the man of the match award. Jury decided to honour Anderson for his 4 wicket haul in the match and gutsy knock of 81 runs in the England 1st innings which saw his team move out of danger. Bhuvi with two fifties and a five wicket haul was closest of all the remaining contenders for the award.