England and India have been docked two points from their 2021-23 World Test Championship Points Tally, for slow over-rate. India and England, initially, had 4 points shared between each other due to the first test’s result but now both teams have 2 points, due to the deduction.
Apart from the points deductions, Hosts England and the Virat Kohli led Indian team have both been fined 40% of their match fees, as decided by the match referee, Chris Broad.
The first test match ended in a frustrating draw, as rain washed out, what could have been a thrilling day 5 of the test match in Trent Bridge.
India mostly dominated the game with their bowling, and their batting wasn’t too shabby. They had to chase a total of 209 and were 157 runs short during the final day but due to rain, even one ball wasn’t bowled. There are concerns too, especially with the form of their superstar batsman and captain Virat Kohli, batsman Cheteswara Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Their contributions have to increase if India has to win in England.
England didn’t have too many positives but the form of James Anderson and Captain Joe Root could provide a sign of hope for the English and will heavily depend on them during the second test, as well. Concerns remain though, with their batsmen, other than Root, who have underperformed to a great extent.
India and England, again, meet on the 12th of August for the second test in Lord’s. Both teams will be looking to win and add 12 points to their tally.