India vs England- IND vs ENG 1st Test Day 5: Virat Kohli and Co. need 157 to win; India’s chasing stats, Trent Bridge record, England’s record at home – Team India will have a mountain to climb when they take the field on the fifth and final day of the First Test at Trent Bridge. Virat Kohli and Co. were set a target of 209 to chase down and Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma saw India off to 52 at the end of the day’s play on Saturday. While 157 to chase with nine wickets in hand will seem that the ball is India’s court, the task at hand isn’t as simple especially with overcast conditions and James Anderson leading the English attack.
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India vs England, 1st Test Day 5: Why is this India’s game to lose?
Without a look at the conditions, a chase of 157 runs with nine wickets in hand in 98 overs should be a fairly comfortable order. India managed 278 in their first innings, and while top scorer KL Rahul is back in the hut, Virat Kohli and Co. have enough batting to see the chase through. England’s lack of a spinner will also help as the pitch has offered some turn as Ravindra Jadeja showcased on Day 4. Furthermore, Joe Root only employed four bowlers throughout the Test, and there could be signs of fatigue heading into the final day.
India vs England, 1st Test Day 5: Why England have chance to clinch a win?
The forecast suggests that while there is unlikely to be rain during the game, there is expected to be significant cloud cover during the day. The conditions would aid James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, who combined for nine wickets in the first innings. India also saw a mini-collapse losing four wickets for 18 runs when the skies were dark, and England would fancy their chances against an out of form Indian middle order.
India’s record at Trent Bridge
- India have fared well at Trent Bridge and have won their last Test here during the 2018 tour, winning by a margin of 203 runs.
- Batting second, India have won only one Test at Trent Bridge when Rahul Dravid’s side chased down 73 in the fourth innings to claim a famous win.
- India faced a heavy 319 run defeat in their tour of 2011, while have settled for draws during the 2014 and 1996 tours to England.
- While India won at Trent Bridge by batting first in 2018, they lost three matches while chasing in the same tour.
- India’s record chasing away from home since Virat Kohli took over hasn’t been great, losing eight of the ten instances, with the draw at SCG and the win at Brisbane being the only exceptions.
- Apart from 2007, India have two wins while chasing in England, one which came in 1971, while the other came 15 years later in 1986.