India's Virat Kohli (centre) in action © Getty Images
India’s Virat Kohli (centre) in action © Getty Images


Jul 13, 2014

England’s Joe Root and James Anderson rewrote the record books with a Test record last-wicket stand but a docile Trent Bridge pitch threatened to have the last word in their series opener with India.

The pair put on 198, with Root making 154 not out and Anderson a Test-best 81, to take England to 496 on the fourth day in reply to India’s first innings 457, reports AFP. However, India were 167 for three in their second innings at stumps, a lead of 128 runs.

Virat Kohli was eight not out and Ajinkya Rahane, looking in fine touch, 18 not out.

“I think overnight we both just thought that we could actually annoy the Indians today and stay out there a little bit,” the 31-year-old Anderson, playing his 95th Test, told Sky Sports.

“Obviously we didn’t think anything like this could happen. I wouldn’t say it was easy but it was such a slow pitch that you knew there was only a few ways you could get out.”

Just when India were on the verge of making a draw all but inevitable, they lost two well-set batsmen with the score on 140.

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