Root, Anderson share record stand

England pair put on 198 runs for the final wicket as the hosts take a 39-run first-innings lead in the opening Test.

Root (l) and Anderson broke a record that Australia made at the same ground last year [Getty]
Root (l) and Anderson broke a record that Australia made at the same ground last year [Getty]

Joe Root and James Anderson broke the all-time Test record for a 10th-wicket partnership but the first Test against India at Trent Bridge looks like ending in a draw.

Fourth day scorecard

India first innings 457
England first innings 496
India second innings 

M Vijay c Prior b Moeen Ali 52
S Dhawan c and b Moeen Ali 29
C Pujara c Stokes b Plunkett 55
V Kohli not out 8
A Rahane not out 18

Extras (lb 2, nb 3) 5
Total (for 3 wickets, 48 overs) 167
Fall of wicket: 1-49 2-140 3-140

The home team took an unlikely 39-run lead in the first-innings after Root and Anderson combined for a remarkable stand of 198, beating the previous test best by 35, to lead their side to a total of 496. England then grabbed two late wickets to reduce India to 167 for three at the close of play.

Murali Vijay (52), who made a century in the first-innings, and Cheteshwar Pujara (55) both fell in the last hour to leave the visitors 128 runs ahead. Part-time spinner Moeen Ali claimed two wickets and paceman Liam Plunkett one. Virat Kohli (eight) and Ajinkya Rahane (18) were the not-out batsmen when stumps were drawn.

England began the day on 352 for nine and the pair had to ride their luck on occasions.

The 23-year-old Root was the backbone of the innings, farming the strike in brilliant fashion as he registered his fourth Test century to rescue his team after they had collapsed to 202 for seven on Friday. Anderson carved out a career-best score until he edged the ball to Dhawan at first slip off Bhuvneshwar Kumar who returned Test-best figures of five for 82.

Root struck 15 fours in his 400-minute vigil while Anderson hit 17 fours in his 230-minute knock.

India have not won a Test away from home since 2011 while England have lost six of their last seven matches in the longest form of the game. 

Source: Reuters

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