England vs India 1st Test Day 4: India take charge following historic partnership between Root and Anderson

Root and Anderson now have the largest last-wicket partnership in Test history

Root and Anderson now have the largest last-wicket partnership in Test history

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India secured themselves a lead of 128 runs at the end of the fourth day of the first Test in Nottingham following England batsman Joe Root and James Anderson’s historic partnership.

Root and Anderson broke the record for the largest last-wicket partnership in Test history after the pair amassed 198 runs.

Starting out the day on 352/9, Root and James Anderson achieved something amazing with their incredible 198-run partnership, during which Root brought up his fourth Test century and Anderson his maiden half-century.

Root and Anderson’s glorious partnership came to an end when Anderson was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at slip off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Anderson’s career-best score of 81 came off 130 balls and included 17 boundaries.

The 198-run partnership between Root and Anderson is now the highest last-wicket stand in Test history.

Root remained unbeaten on 154 off 295 deliveries, which included 15 boundaries as England were bowled out for 496, giving them a lead of 39 runs.

Kumar was the pick of the bowlers as he recorded his maiden five-wicket haul, while Ishant Sharma snapped up three wickets and Mohammed Shami chipped in with two.

Trailing by 39 runs, India got off to a solid start as Murali Vijay and Dhawan amassed a 49-run partnership before Dhawan was caught and bowled by Moeen Ali for 29.

Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara made up for the early loss of Dhawan with a 91-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Vijay was caught behind off the bowling of Ali.

Vijay’s brilliant knock of 52 came off 119 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.

Vijay's good form with the bat continued

Vijay’s good form with the bat continued

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Pujara went on to score 55 off 101 deliveries, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught by Ben Stokes at point off the bowling of Liam Plunkett. Stokes initially fumbled the ball, but took a sharp reflex catch to send Pujara was on his way.

Pujara hit seven boundaries during his knock of 55

Pujara hit seven boundaries during his knock of 55

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Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane amassed an unbeaten 27-run partnership before stumps was called.

Kohli finished on eight off 21 balls, which included one boundary, while Rahane remained undefeated on 18 off 21 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Ali was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Plunkett claimed one.

India ended day four on 167/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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