India survived a scare to draw the first Test at Trent Bridge and extend England’s winless run to nine matches.England raised their hopes of victory by taking three quick wickets on the final morning to reduce India to 184-6 – a lead of just 145.
But debutant Stuart Binny’s composed 78 steered the tourists away from danger, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (63 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (31) also making key contributions as India reached 391-9 declared – 252 in front.
As Alastair Cook rotated his part-time bowlers in the final hour, the game ended in comical scenes as the captain claimed his first Test wicket by having Ishant Sharma caught down the leg side before wheeling off in celebration.
England’s run without a win – dating back to the draw at The Oval in the final Ashes Test in August 2013 – is their longest since 1992-93, while India have now gone 15 away Tests without victory.
However, beleaguered captain Cook will take comfort from the way his team recovered their poise to give themselves an outside chance of victory on a largely lifeless pitch.