The first match of the five-match Test series between India and England ended in a draw. On the last day of the Test, Team India needed 157 to win, but due to continuous rain, not a single ball was played on the fifth day. The performance of India’s fast bowlers in the first match was spectacular. Jaspreet Bumrah picked up 9 wickets in the match, while Mohammad Shami and Siraj were in excellent rhythm. In batting, KL Rahul played 84 innings as the opening batsman to ensure his place in the team for the next Test. Captain Virat Kohli was also pleased with the team’s performance after the match and hinted that no changes had been made to the playing XI for the Test at Lord’s.
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After the match, Kohli said, ‘We were expecting rain on the third and fourth day but the fifth day came. It was fun to watch and play the game but it was embarrassing. That’s what we wanted to do, start strong. On the fifth day we knew we had a chance. We definitely felt like we were at the top of our game. It was important to take the lead but it is a shame that we could not finish the fifth day. It was important to score 50 last night. We didn’t want to play to survive. Our passion has put us ahead. This is the result of three weeks of effort with our bowlers’ bat. We were talking about a 40 run lead but we were able to get a 95 run lead and these runs were gold.
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Speaking of playing XI for the remaining Test matches, Kohli said, “In this series, we can be ideal in every way but consistency is our strongest part.” The status and tempo of the wicket must be looked at. The matches between India and England are always exciting and they are looking forward to the next Test. Under the new World Test Championship round of scoring system, both teams have scored four points each. Of the possible 450 overs, bad weather could bowl only 250 in the first Test. England had set India a target of 209, with the visiting team scoring 52 for one wicket until the end of the fourth day.