India vs England, 1st Test - Match ends in draw due to persistent rain; Joe Root MoM

England 183 and 303 (Root 109, Curran 32, Bumrah 5-64) drew with India 278 and 52-1 (Rahul 26, Broad 1-18)

India vs England 2021, 1st Test, Day 5 highlights: Trent Bridge Test draws a Day 5 wash out due to continuous rain; Joe Root awarded Player of the Match award.
Nottingham Test ends in draw as day-five wash out. (Image: ©BCCI/Twitter)

The India-England 1st Test at Nottingham ended in a draw after play was abandoned on the last day due to persistent rain. The forecast going into the first Test wasn’t a positive one from the word go, with rain interruptions/bad light predicted to be a constant hindrance and it eventually played out that way leading to loss of a session each on day 2 and 3.

But the worst was yet to come as play on day 5 was called off without a single delivery being bowled, washing off the game along with the hopes of the Indian team to secure its first victory of the series.

The match was set up perfectly, with 157 runs to chase on the last day with 9 wickets in hand. India who had got off to a good start, scored 52 crucial runs for the loss of 1 wicket with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara on 12* runs each. Although the match held plenty of possibilities, there is no doubt that India was in the driver’s seat with hopes to take the first win.

Joe Root (109 & 64) rose to the occasion, so did Jasprit Bumrah (9/110)

Despite the game ending in a draw, it remained a riveting contest between two of the best sides in world cricket, inching for every bit of advantage throughout the four days when play was held. Joe Root was named the Player of the Match for his brilliant 64 in the first innings and an even better counter-attacking 109 in the second. Jasprit Bumrah also put in an exceptional performance taking 9 wickets in the game, including a 5-fer in the second innings.

Both teams awarded 4 points each in WTC 2021-23

This was the first match of the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle and the draw resulted in both teams being awarded four points each. Although a disappointing end to the game, plenty of cricket is yet to be played in the series and the teams will look to draw lessons before the 2nd Test at Lord’s which is set to begin on August 12. Read More: India vs England 1st Test, Day 4 - Root’s ton revives En