India Reaches 457 Runs in 1st Innings Against England

India-vs-England-CricketIn the first Test of the five match Test Series between India and England, India ended with a whopping 457 runs by the end of the second day on Thursday. In addition to the large number of runs, India also made a record last-wicket stand, reaching 111 runs made by Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

By tea time, India’s final batsmen had fought hard and had reached a total of 433. India had begun in a strong position with Murali Vijay making 146 runs, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain, reaching 81 by lunch time. England was beginning to become frustrated with India’s stubborn tail after having had an excellent bowling bout in which England had taken four wickets in quick succession. England had not expected the final India batsmen to keep scoring runs.

Ben Stokes, the bowler from the England cricket team, got two wickets and Stuart Broad got one. James Anderson had an excellent run out. While England had expected that these four quick knocks to the India team would put them at a disadvantage, this was not to be.

Murali Vijay looked as if he was about to reach 150 for the third time in Test cricket matches. However, he did not quite make it, ending with a lbw decision off Anderson. The lbw decision had been a marginal one, however, the game was not being played with the aid of the decision review system. Replays did show that the ball bounced over the stumps, but India had turned down the used of the decision review system before the Test began. Because of this, India could not challenge the lbw call.

While India ended the 1st Innings with 457 all out in 161.0 overs, England finished their first day of batting with 43 for 1 with 17.0 over having been played so far.