General view of the pitch covered as rain delays play on day five of the first Test between England and India. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
General view of the pitch covered as rain delays play on day five of the first Test between England and India. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

England and India draw rain-marred first Test

By AFP Time of article published Aug 8, 2021

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NOTTINGHAM – England and India drew the first Test at Trent Bridge after rain meant no play was possible on Sunday's last day.

The match, which had already seen more than 100 overs lost to bad weather, was intriguingly poised with India 52-1 in their second innings, needing a further 157 runs to reach a victory target of 209.

But rain prevented play resuming as scheduled at 11:00 am local time (1000 GMT) Sunday and, after further downpours the umpires abandoned the match as a draw at 3:49 pm (1449 GMT), only for the sun to briefly burst through the overcast skies above Trent Bridge.

The second Test in this five-match series is scheduled to start at Lord's on Thursday.

Brief scores

England 1st Innings 183 (J Root 64; J Bumrah 4-46, M Shami 3-28)

India 1st Innings 278 (KL Rahul 84, R Jadeja 56; O Robinson 5-85, J Anderson 4-54)

England 2nd Innings 303 (J Root 109; J Bumrah 5-64)

India 2nd Innings 52-1

Result: Match drawn

Series: Five-match series level at 0-0

AFP

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