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Rain washes out the final day of the first Test between England and India, forcing both teams to settle for a draw.

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Monday, 9th August 2021


Due to persistent rain, India, who had a realistic chance of winning the series opener, were forced to share points with England after the entire fifth day of play was washed out on Sunday. India needed 157 runs on the final day, but the rain prevented them from bowling a single ball. Both India and England earn four points as part of the new World Test Championship cycle. Due to the inclement weather, only 250-plus overs out of a maximum of 450 were possible as India, chasing a target of 209, were well-placed at 52 for 1 in 14 overs at the end of the fourth day. While cricket is still a game of glorious uncertainties, Virat Kohli and his team had a better chance of taking all 12 points from the game.

Despite overcast conditions that would have aided seam and swing bowling, England would have needed a special bowling effort to prevent India from scoring 209 runs.

KL Rahul, who scored a tenacious 84 in India's first innings, insisted that the surface was not "unplayable," despite the fact that scoring runs would have been difficult. However, there are numerous takeaways for India from the series' first Test.

With the exception of the series in 2007 and 2014, the Indian team has always lost the first Test in England, so this was a welcome change.

The biggest plus for India would be the return of 'Test batsman' KL Rahul, which should benefit the visitors in the future. Rahul's poor form finally led to his exclusion from the Test team in 2018. He was forced to leave after the home series against the West Indies.

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Even a hundred at the Oval in a dead rubber couldn't save the stylish right-hander, who struggled with deliveries on the off-stump channel.

However, Rahul looked assured for the majority of the match, despite a couple of edges off James Anderson's bowling reaching the slip cordon.

His overall self-discipline was admirable. He was prepared to play close to his body and not mess around with most of the deliveries outside the off-stump. His drives were top-notch, and he would undoubtedly rue missing out on a century that was there for the taking in the first innings.

If Rahul's performance was the highlight, no one can deny Jasprit Bumrah's contribution, who is back in his element with a nine-wicket haul.

Bumrah was not at his best during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, nor did he have an outstanding tour of Australia or the two home Tests against England.

Bumrah, on the other hand, did what he does best against England, bowling fuller length rather than back of length, allowing for lateral movement.

His ability to get deliveries back up from good length caused a lot of issues for the batsmen. The yorker, which had been missing in the previous games, returned during England's second innings.

Among other decisions made by team management, playing Ravindra Jadeja as a batting all-rounder and Shardul Thakur as an extra seamer worked well.

The top order batsmen, on the other hand, would like to give a better account of themselves in the next Test, which will be played at Lord's beginning on August 12.

 

The News Talkie Bureau

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