India vs England 1st Test: Virat Kohli helps India survive anxious moments as match ends in draw
India survived a scare before managing to draw the first cricket Test against England, who gained the psychological advantage after enjoying the upper-hand for the better part of the five days at Rajkot
Indian captain Virat Kohli congratulates England batsman Alastair Cook on completion of his century on the fifth day of the first Test match against India in Rajkot on Sunday. Pic/PTI
Rajkot: India survived a scare before managing to draw the first cricket Test against England, who gained the psychological advantage after enjoying the upper-hand for the better part of the five days at Rajkot.
Set a near impossible target of 310 in a minimum 49 overs, India managed to reach 172 for six in 52.3 overs and were never really in the hunt.
Skipper Virat Kohli showed patience as he consumed 98 balls for his unbeaten 49 that had six boundaries and Ravindra Jadeja (32 not out) also hit some lusty blows after the sixth wicket had fallen at 132.
England's captain Alastair Cook (R) celebrates after the dismissal of India's Murali Vijay on the fifth day of the first Test cricket match between India and England at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot. Pic/PTI
Earlier, Alastair Cook scored his 30th Test century with England declaring at 260 for 3 in the second innings.
That India had literally no chance of winning was ensured by a 180-run opening stand between Cook (130) and young teenager Haseeb Hameed (82) earlier in the day.
On a fifth day pitch that didn't show considerable signs of wear and tear, the Indian spinners barring a brief spell by Amit Mishra (2/60 in 13 overs), were rendered ineffective by Captain Cook, who batted for nearly five hours to hit 13 fours in 243 balls.
England batsman Haseeb Hameed and Alastair Cook running between the wickets on the fifth day of the first test match against India in Rajkot on Sunday. Pic/PTI
The first Test once again raised serious questions about the ability of the Indian spinners to bowl on pitches that aren't exactly rank turners.
Ashwin, India's premier strike bowler, in all bowled 69.3 overs across two innings getting only 3 wickets giving away 230 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja got 3 wickets in 47 overs in the match while Mishra also had 3 scalps to this credit having bowled 36.3 overs but not before giving away as many as 158 runs.
On the day, Ashwin at one point of time was bowling a negative line to both Cook and Ben Stokes (29 not out) outside the leg-stump in order to stem the flow of runs.
The other worrying aspect will be veteran opener Gautam Gambhir's form and technical deficiencies that were again exposed in front of some quality seam bowling.
After succumbing to an in-swinger from Stuart Broad in the first innings, the left-hander awkwardly dabbed at a short ball to be dismissed for zero in the slip cordon.
England's captain Alastair Cook (L) and India's captain Virat Kohli shake hands at the end of play on the fifth day of the first Test cricket match between India and England at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot. Pic/PTI
With Karun Nair waiting in the wings and KL Rahul back with a bang from injury scoring a 75 in today's Ranji Trophy game, the Indian team will need to figure out their winning combination at Visakhapatnam for the second Test, starting November 17.
England: 537 & 211 for 2 in 66 overs (Alastair Cook 106 batting, Haseeb Hameed 82; Amit Mishra 2/38)
India: 488 & 172/6 in 52.3 overs (Virat Kohli 49 not out, Ravindra Jadeja 33 not out; Adil Rashid 3/64)
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