Even as the wickets kept on falling, Stuart Binny struck a match-saving 78 on his debut to steady the things for India. (JPN/Agencies)
India were in deep trouble midway into the morning session as Virat Kohli (8), Ajinkya Rahane (24) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11) were dismissed in quick succession with the visiting side 145 runs ahead and just four second innings wicket in hand.
But, Binny made a mark in his maiden Test with a memorable performance as he not only pulled India out of the woods but also took his side to a lead of more than 300 runs to shut the door on England at Trent Bridge.
Binny also found an able ally in Ravindra Jadeja (31) as they put on a crucial 65-run stand for the seventh wicket to keep England - who had scored 496 all out in their first
innings - at bay.
India, however, continued to bat and declared their second innings at 391 for nine. The two sides then decided to end the match.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who shared 91 runs with Binny for the eighth wicket, remained not out at 63, his second half century of the match after his first innings 58.
Binny's solid 78 off 114 balls was studded with eight fours and a six and he was out just before tea break after taking the match out of England's reach.
Binny, who showed fantastic temperament in his debut match, looked on course for a century before Moeen Ali had him LBW with 10 minutes to go for tea.
India were 347 for eight at tea break, an overall lead of 308, and by then it was clear that the match would end in a draw.
The two sides now move to Lord's in London for the second of the five-match Test series, which begins on July 17.
In the morning session, India suffered a scare as England took three wickets for 17 runs in first hour. Stuart Broad removed both overnight batsmen Kohli and Rahane in successive overs before Liam Plunkett dismissed Dhoni to send shock waves in the visiting team camp.
India found themselves at a precarious 184 for six with an overall lead of 145 and four second innings wickets in hand when Binny and Jadeja joined forces.
Binny, in company of the Saurashtra all-rounder, justified his selection by doing well enough to negotiate a good spell of bowling from James Anderson and Stuart Broad, asking questions.
A copybook crouching cover drive off Liam Plunkett marked his arrival and it was followed by a well balanced pull-shot behind the square and a backfoot cover drive.
Even after Jadeja departed caught by Matt prior off Anderson, Binny did not do away with his positive approach as he reached his half-century with a couple of boundaries
followed by two singles in 86 balls.
Once the baptism was over, Binny looked in control as he scored runs from friendly off-breaks bowled by Moeen Ali. He reverse swept him as well as hit an inside out cover drive. He also hit Ali over extra cover for a flat six as one expected him to complete a ton on debut.
But Ali coming from round the wicket trapped him in front as Kumar Dharmasena raised the dreaded finger. The TV replays showed that the delivery would have missed the leg-stump.
Moeen Ali (3/105) and Broad (2/50) were the best bowlers for England, while Liam Plunkett (2/85) and James Anderson (1/47) also finished among the wickets. Ben Stokes (0/60), Joe Root (0/22) and Gary Ballance were the other bowlers used.
England captain Alastair Cook also took a wicket - that of Ishant Sharma
Even as the wickets kept on falling, Stuart Binny struck a match-saving 78 on his debut to steady the things for India.