India faced England in the 1st test of 5 test match series in England at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham. India batted first and put a good score of 259 runs with a loss of 4 wickets. Throughout the 1st innings, there were some outstanding as well as some disappointing performances for both the teams. To sum it up, here is the list of the Hits and Flops of the Match.
Hits of the Innings
1. Murali Vijay (India) – The opener for team India scored a ton in the first innings of the 1st test match and became the 7th Indian opener to score a hundred in England. He stood tall from beginning of the innings to the end of it. He kept the scoreboard ticking and ensured that India doesn’t fall into the hands of England. He hit 20 fours and the only six of the innings off Moeen Ali’s ball. He scored a good partnership with Pujara and Rahane and the important partnership with Dhoni which put the match in India’s control.
2. MS Dhoni (India) – The man everyone can rely upon once again prevented India from falling into the hands of England. He scored the much need half century at a strike rate of about 80. His quick running between the wickets converted the singles into doubles and scores were ticking at a faster rate. He partnered 81 runs, the highest of the innings, with Murali Vijay.
3. James Anderson (England) – He took 2 important wickets at the right time and put India in pressure. He ended the flourishing partnership of Vijay and Pujara by dismissing Pujara.
4. Stuart Broad (England) – He was most economical bowler with an economy of just 1.36. He took the wicket of Virat Kohli who was dismissed for just a single run and prevented him from becoming a threat to England.
Flops of the Innings
1. Virat Kohli (India) – It seemed that today was not his lucky day and he had to depart for just a single run. He didn’t prove helpful to India.
2. Moeen Ali (England) – Ali received the hard hitting from the Indian batsmen and conceded runs at a very high economy rate of 5.6. He gave 50 runs in just 9 overs.
3. Shikhar Dhawan (India) – His bat didn’t click well and fell to James Anderson for just 12 runs. His injury might have played a role in his poor performance today.