Anthony De Mello Trophy, 2021

India vs England - 1st Test

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Date: 05 February-09 February, 2021

India 192/10

RR: 3.3 | England beat India by 227 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma bowled Jack Leachbowled Jack Leach122011
Shubman Gill bowled James Andersonbowled James Anderson508371
Cheteshwar Pujara c Ben Stokes & b Jack Leachc Ben Stokes & b Jack Leach153810
Virat Kohli bowled Ben Stokesbowled Ben Stokes7210490
Ajinkya Rahane bowled James Andersonbowled James Anderson0300
Rishabh Pant c Joe Root & b James Andersonc Joe Root & b James Anderson111920
Washington Sundar c Jos Buttler & b Dom Bessc Jos Buttler & b Dom Bess0500
Ravichandran Ashwin c Jos Buttler & b Jack Leachc Jos Buttler & b Jack Leach94610
Shahbaz Nadeem c Rory Burns & b Jack Leachc Rory Burns & b Jack Leach01300
Ishant Sharma not out not out 51510
Jasprit Bumrah c Jos Buttler & b Jofra Archerc Jos Buttler & b Jofra Archer4410
Extras 14 (b 8, lb 5, w 0, nb 1)
Total 192 (10 Wkts, 58.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
25-1 (Rohit Sharma,5.3), 58-2 (Cheteshwar Pujara,19.3), 92-3 (Shubman Gill,26.2), 92-4 (Ajinkya Rahane,26.5), 110-5 (Rishabh Pant,32.3), 117-6 (Washington Sundar,33.5), 171-7 (Ravichandran Ashwin,51.2), 179-8 (Virat Kohli,54.3), 179-9 (Shahbaz Nadeem,55.3), 192-10 (Jasprit Bumrah,58.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jofra Archer9.1 4 23 1 2.53
Jack Leach26 4 76 4 2.92
James Anderson11 4 17 3 1.55
Dom Bess8 0 50 1 6.25
Ben Stokes4 1 13 1 3.25
Rory Burns0 0 0 0 0
Dom Sibley0 0 0 0 0
Dan Lawrence0 0 0 0 0
Joe Root 0 0 0 0 0
Ollie Pope0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler 0 0 0 0 0

That's a wrap to the first Test match. England have now stretched their winning streak to six matches away from home and it turned out to be a really special 100th Test for Joe Root. On the other side, after the high of Australia, India have come crashing down and will have to do a bit of soul-searching. You can expect a backlash from them when these two teams meet again in the second Test match in Chennai. It's starting on Saturday, 13th February. Do join us at 0930 local (0400 GMT) for all the action. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!

England captain, Joe Root is also the Man of the Match! Says that it was a crucial toss to win and it was a good wicket to bat on. Credits the bowlers as well for taking 20 wickets in very alien conditions. Adds that they knew it's going to be a good wicket and the first partnership was crucial to get them going and they carried on from there brilliantly. On his own batting, Root replies that if they want to win here, someone will have to score big, it was him this week and it could be someone else in the next week. Root knows that India will come hard at them in the next match. On his thought process regarding not declaring in the second innings, Root replies that the idea was to get to 400 and then speed things up but it didn't materialize. Further says that the most important thing for them was to make sure that an Indian win was out of the equation. On whether he did that due to the inexperienced spinners, Joe states that it was more about the bowling group to not worry about the run rate and just deliver its skills. He is happy that the boys handled that pressure really well. Speaking of James Anderson, Root calls him the GOAT of English cricket who consistently challenges himself and is still getting better and fitter. He terms Jimmy as a great role model for the rest of the group and hopes he continues for long.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is looking visibly disappointed. Says that they didn't put enough pressure on the English batsmen in the first innings. He tells that the pitch was on the slower side on the first two days as scoring runs and rotating the strike was easy. Feels the intensity in the field from them was not up to the mark but it got better in the second innings. Adds that as a side they are looking to improve things that weren't up to the mark and admits that England were the better team. Kohli mentions that you need your bowling unit to step up as a group which didn't happen. Also adds that there is a lot left to be desired with the bat. Tells that it was a hard grind and England were ready to do it and were more equipped. Regarding the toss, Kohli replies that losing it ended up being a reason which they didn't think it would be but the Indian skipper doesn't want to make any excuses and is looking forward to work on their mistakes. States that it's going to be a hard-fought next three Tests as they will not let things slip away like it did in this Test. Super V wants his boys to show good body language and understand the pace of the pitch well and at the end of the day, Kohli feels it's all about the mindset. Stresses that there will be hiccups but they are a side which always looks to improve. On Rishabh Pant's chirping from behind the stumps, Kohli smiles and replies that he is fun on the field and they want him to continue like this as his personality is really helpful to maintain good energy in the field. 

To quickly summarize this Test match, we will have to start by saying that England outplayed India comprehensively in all the facets of the game. Joe Root's double century laid the platform as the touring team posted a gigantic total on the board. India were not at their absolute best with the bat in the first innings as they failed to save the follow-on. Although England didn't enforce it and came out to bat again. In their second essay, it was all about scoring quick runs and building on their 241-run lead however Root was criticized for not declaring the innings. Anyway, the English skipper knew what he was doing and his bowlers backed him by picking 10 wickets in the second innings as well. Stay tuned for the presentation...

Jack Leach also comes up for a quick word. Says that it's his first time in India and he knew there will be pressure and is happy to pick a few wickets. On Pant, he jokes that he thought he is playing in the Indian T20 League and adds that he enjoyed that battle, just tried to stay strong and the English boys helped him a lot. Mentions that he had a long time without much cricket and bowling long spells in the heat of Sri Lanka really helped him. Shares that he just wanted to bowl consistently and not concede too many. He is glad to get the win and calls it a team effort.

James Anderson comes for a quick chat. Says that it came out well and he got the reverse going. Informs that he just wanted to bowl in the right areas. Shares that it was important to get the movement in the air as the pitch was on the slower side. Tells that he is feeling great, enjoyed his time in Sri Lanka and has carried that form here. Says that it's exciting times to be with this group. Admits that it's been a tough wicket to work on and they would now look to rest well. Regarding Joe Root, Anderson says that he has been leading the team from the front and hopes that he continues with his form and others chip around him.

Virat Kohli spent some time in the middle to stroke a half-century and his partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin provided India with some hope. But soon the inevitable happened as Ashwin got dismissed by Leach and Stokes went through the defense of the Indian skipper. An excellent win for the English team and they will be over the moon!

Fantastic win for England! They have taken the lead in the series and also jumped on top in the ICC World Test Championship, swapping positions with India who slip to 4th now! The tourists were the favourites this morning but given India's recent form, all four results appeared possible. India started positively with Shubman Gill ready to play his shots and Cheteshwar Pujara offering good defensive solidity. Jack Leach though broke that stand and after that, James Anderson produced a masterclass of reverse swing bowling. He removed Gill and Aijnkya Rahane in quick succession and followed that up with the prized scalp of Rishabh Pant. Washington Sundar failed to repeat the heroics of his first innings and the writing was on the wall for the hosts.

Jofra Archer to Jasprit Bumrah, OUT! Edged and taken! ENGLAND WIN BY 227 RUNS! Brilliant delivery by Archer. He hurls across a good length ball around off and gets it to shape away. Bumrah is squared up in defense and edges it behind to the keeper. Buttler makes no mistake and the English camp is celebrating.
Jack Leach to Ishant Sharma, Flatter and fuller on middle, defended back Ishant.
Jack Leach to Ishant Sharma, Loopy and full around off, Ishant draws forward and defends it down safely.
Jack Leach to Ishant Sharma, The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Jack Leach to Ishant Sharma, Too full in length and outside off, left alone.
Jack Leach to Ishant Sharma, FOUR! Fetches a full ball from outside off and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary.
Jack Leach to Ishant Sharma, Looks to defend off the front foot but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads.
Jofra Archer to Ishant Sharma, Shortish and on off, Ishant jumps and turns it behind square leg for a run.
Jofra Archer to Ishant Sharma, NOT OUT! Archer digs in a short ball on middle, Ishant is on his toes as he tries to defend. Suddenly some sound of bails falling comes. Everyone thought that Ishant has stepped on the stumps but no one is sure. The onfield umpires take it upstairs and the replays show that the bails came off without any touch from the batsman. Bizarre!

What happened there? Is Ishant Sharma hit-wicket? The umpire is getting it checked upstairs. The replays show that the bails fall off without any contact from the batsman. Is it too windy there? Given as a dead ball as the bails were off even before the batsman had played his shot to a short ball.

Jofra Archer to Ishant Sharma, A corker of a yorker on middle, Ishant does well to have his bat down in time. Digs it out and saves his toes.
Jofra Archer to Ishant Sharma, A well-directed bouncer and Ishant is in all sorts of trouble. Somehow he fends it off uppishly and this time it falls safely to the right of short leg.
Jofra Archer to Ishant Sharma, Archer digs in a short ball on middle, Ishant jumps and fends it off. It goes aerial but doesn't carry to short mid-wicket.
Jofra Archer to Ishant Sharma, Good length ball on off, Sharma defends it from the back foot.
Jack Leach to Jasprit Bumrah, Lunges forward and jams down a fuller length ball around off.
Jack Leach to Jasprit Bumrah, FOUR BYES! Spin and bounce from outside off, Bumrah tries to slog sweep but misses. It beats the keeper as well and goes to the fence behind.
Jack Leach to Jasprit Bumrah, FOUR! Walks down the track to a full ball and swings it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

Jasprit Bumrah is the last batsman.

Jasprit Bumrah is the last batsman.

Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, OUT! A relay catch and Leach gets his fourth wicket! Full and flighted ball on off, Nadeem gets forward to defend but it spins away slightly to take an outside edge. It goes behind and clips the pads of Buttler. Burns at second slip sticks his left hand out and then catches it in the second attempt. End is nigh for India!
Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Quicker and flatter on middle, Nadeem goes on the back foot and defends it off the outer half towards silly point.
Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Loopy and full on off, Nadeem defends it off his front foot to the off side.
Ben Stokes to Ishant Sharma, Fuller and on off, Ishant does well this time to push it safely towards cover-point. End of a successful over for Ben!
Ben Stokes to Ishant Sharma, Good length ball on middle and off, Ishant is squared up as he defends it down.
Ben Stokes to Ishant Sharma, Full in length and outside off, left alone by Sharma.

Ishant Sharma is in next. 

Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, OUT! Sound of timber and heartbreak for India! Kohli is cleaned up! Stokes hunts down the big fish. He delivers it on a length around off and it stays low after pitching. Kohli tries to defend but it goes under his bat and obliterates the off pole. Virat shakes his head as he returns. Stokes is all smiles. England are two wickets away from going 1-0 up in the series!
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, Fuller and on off, pushed in the gap at covers. No run taken.
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, FOUR! A length delivery outside off, Kohli gets on the front foot and slightly opens the face of his bat to guide it towards third man for a boundary.

Drinks break. Ashwin and Kohli offered good resistance in the last hour but the former eventually fell a few overs back. Virat Kohli is showing excellent form but is running out of partners. He would be looking to farm more strike and stretch this match.

Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Quicker and flatter outside off, Nadeem allows it through to the keeper.
Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Again uppish but safe! Floated and full on off, Nadeem advances down the track and looks to defend. Does so uppishly and it goes quickly past silly point again.
Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Fuller and on middle, it's defended uppishly past silly point.
Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Loopy and full on off, Shahbaz defends it close to his front pad.
Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Identical to the last delivery, some extra bounce, this time Nadeem offers no shot.
Jack Leach to Shahbaz Nadeem, Beaten! Full and flighted on off, Nadeem tries to defend but it spins past his blade.
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, DOT! A length ball outside off, Kohli walks across the stumps but pushes it straight to backward point.
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, A bouncer around off, Kohli offers no shot and lets it be. England would look for another dot to have Nadeem on strike for the next over.
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, Fullish and outside off, Kohli pushes it gently to covers.
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, Good length delivery outside off, Kohli defends it by taking the bottom hand off the handle.
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Thumped! Short in length and on middle and off, Kohli swivels on the back foot and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
Ben Stokes to Virat Kohli, Good length ball close to off, Kohli pushes it with an angled bat in the gap at point. Not taking the run.