Patient Rahul takes India ahead of England in Nottingham
Cricket – First Test – England v India – Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain – August 6, 2021 India’s KL Rahul in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
NOTTINGHAM, England, Aug 6 (Reuters) – India rode half-centuries by KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja to claim a handy 95-run first innings lead against England on a rain-curtailed day three of the opening test on Friday.
The hosts were 25 for no loss, still 70 behind, in their second innings when play was abandoned for the day just five overs after the tea break.
Rory Burns will resume on 11 and Dom Sibley on five on the penultimate day of the weather-bedevilled contest.
Earlier, Rahul’s patient 84 and Jadeja’s fluent 56 helped India post 278 in reply to England’s first innings total of 183.
India’s usually-fragile tail also made useful contribution with the bat in the low-scoring contest at Trent Bridge.
For England, Ollie Robinson claimed a career-best 5-85, while James Anderson grabbed four wickets, overtaking Indian Anil Kumble to become the third-highest wicket-taker in test cricket.
Once India resumed on 125-4, only 11 balls could be bowled before rain forced the players off the field.
When they returned, Rishabh Pant threw caution to the wind, playing some outrageous shots in his 25 off 20 balls before Robinson cut short his stay.
Dropped on 52 by Sibley on Thursday, Rahul got another reprieve on 78 when Joe Root spilled a head-high catch with Anderson being the luckless bowler again.
Anderson eventually had his man but Rahul, whose patient knock included 12 boundaries, had put India in the lead by then.
Jadeja stayed back to stretch that lead, hitting eight boundaries and a six in his half-century, which he celebrated with trademark bat-twirling.
Mohammed Shami contributed 13 and Jasprit Bumrah made a career-best 28 to frustrate England.
The first match of the five-test also marks the beginning of a new World Test Championship cycle.
Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Angus MacSwan
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