India vs England, 2016: India survive scare in Rajkot, who said what on Twitter

Virat Kohli stood between England and a win in the opening Test in Rajkot with a resolute unbeaten 49 to force a draw.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 13, 2016 11:48 pm
India vs England, Ind vs Eng, India England Test, India England Test Rajkot, Ind Eng Rajkot Test, India England reactions, India England cricket responses, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news England needed four more wickets to win the Rajkot Test. (Source: Reuters)

At 4.30 PM Indian Standard Time, as Ravindra Jadeja smacked Moeen Ali for a straight drive and then took the aerial route for yet another boundary, there was a smile on his face. But that wasn’t the scene about an hour ago when England had the hosts on the ropes on the fifth day of the opening Test in Rajkot. By the time play was called off, Virat Kohli had scored 49 runs in what proved to be an invaluable knock against an attacking England side. He was ably supported by Jadeja at the other end who finished with 32 runs. Eventually, India were 172/6 at the end of the match and were 138 adrift of England’s target of 310. The result might say ‘Draw’ for the record books but psychologically, the visitors have already made a dent on this Indian side which needs to do better in the field and with the bat if they are to avoid a repeat of the 2012/13 series.

Alastair Cook and Haseed Hameed picked up from where they left off on the fourth day with the England skipper bringing up his 30th Test ton but the debutant couldn’t capitalise on the chance to be dismissed for 82.

As Cook fell for 130 in the post lunch session, England declared and gave themselves about 50 overs to get India out.

And the English seamers started off brightly with Gautam Gambhir getting out early and with plenty to fight for, England piled on the pressure with five fielders in the close catching position. Additionally, the spin duo of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid hurt the Indian batsmen by hitting the right spots on the pitch and making the most of a wearing track.

Kohli would expect a better show and performance from his side when the second Test begins on November 17 in Visakhapatnam.