Stuart Binny steers India to a draw at Trent Bridge

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Stuart Binny

Stuart Binny

Debutant all-rounder Stuart Binny made most of the opportunity with the bat to help India hold on to a comfortable draw in the First Investec Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday. India was in a crisis when Stuart Binny had come out to bat with three key wickets going down and conditions quite gloomy and helpful for swing and seam bowling.

The final day’s play began 15 minutes late because of light rain and once it did start it was the bowlers who were on top against the tentative Indian batting. Remember, India had started the day’s play with an overall lead of 128 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

Overnight batsman Virat Kohli had a double failure in the match as Stuart Broad had him lbw with a full length inswinger. Kohli (8) fell across and missed his flick shot. The other overnight batsman Ajinkya Rahane (24) also got out to Stuart Broad to what was a peach of a delivery that angled in but held its line to force a nick be.

Skipper MS Dhoni was bowled for 11 by a rare full length ball from Liam Plunkett which made a mess of his stumps. India slipped to 184 for 6 with the lead at just 145 runs! Ravindra Jadeja looked like getting out anytime and all he was doing was giving the charge to the pacers and living dangerously. Jadeja took as many as 38 balls to get off the mark.

Stuart Binny who joined Jadeja looked quite at home though and his simple technique was calming the nerves of the Indian dressing room. Soon Jadeja also got in terms of the bowling and took India through to the lunch session with a lead of 191 runs.

After the break, Ravindra Jadeja disappointingly got out jabbing at an outswinger from James Anderson having worked hard for a 98-ball 31. The job was more than done for India with the lead well past 200 and just a little under two sessions left for England to get those runs.

Soon Alastair Cook gave up England’s chances of a win by resting his key bowlers. Stuart Binny helped himself to a half century on Test debut with his knock of 78 from 114 balls with 8 fours and a six. Binny missed out on a century on Test debut when he was given lbw to a turning off break from Moeen Ali.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had consolidated India’s position with a 91-run stand with Binny, went on to score his second fifty of the match. Bhuvneshwar remained unconquered on 63 from 138 balls with 10 fours.

The match was drawn eventually with India declaring its second innings at 391 for 9. Jimmy Anderson collected the Man of the Match award for his crucial knock of 81 in his world record 10th wicket stand with Joe Root on the fourth day.

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