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India vs England, 1st Test: India draw Rajkot Test despite England pressure

Virat Kohli's unbeaten 49 saves India from first defeat at home in three years as first Test against England ends in draw.

By: Express Web Desk | Rajkot | Updated: November 13, 2016 11:48:47 pm
india vs england, ind vs eng, india england, india vs england score, ind vs eng score, ind vs eng result, virat kohli, kohli, cricket score, cricket news, cricket Virat Kohli (R) and Alastair Cook shake hands as first Test in Rajkot ends in a draw. (Source: AP)

A furious Anil Kumble asked Cheteshwar Pujara why he didn’t review the umpire’s decision as the ball, on which he was given out, had pitched outside leg-stump line. Pujara kept walking inside the dressing room. Just before Tea, England spinner Adil Rashid had trapped Pujara in front of the stumps. Umpire Kumar Dhramasena gave it out. Puajra asked his partner Murali Vijay who thought it was out. Pujara walked back to the pavillion.

A frustrated Kumble in the dressing room is a rare sight but the situation was rare as well. India, for a long time, have not been pushed to the wall in a long time. In the first Test against England in Rajkot, India were on the verge of losing their first match at home in four years.

England declared their second innings at 260/4 after captain Alastair Cook was dismissed after Lunch. India needed to chase down 310 runs in 49 overs that were remaining in the match. India never opted to chase it down. But England began with some intent. The events that unfolded later in the day saw India in trouble.

Early blows

Gautam Gambhir was caught in the slips in the second over of the Indian chase. Broad gave his team a start they were looking for and that lifted the spirits in the team. Pujara and Vijay built a partnership for the second wicket. Both got some boundaries against the spinners. But then Rashid got Pujara just before Tea.

England began the third session with even more attacking mindset and that was rewarded when Rashid dismissed Vijay caught at short-leg. Ajinkya Rahane fell to Moeen Ali off a sharp turning ball that kept low soon after, playing a bad shot.

The stand

Kohli was unfazed by the turn and bounce of the pitch and was running out of partner before R Ashwin once again put his bat down and stood with his captain for a 49-run stand for the fifth wicket but more important played out 15 overs. Both could not believe it when Ashwin drove Zafar Ansari straight to covers for a simple catch.

Rashid once again gave England hope by dismissing Wriddhiman Saha but Ravindra Jadeja and Kohli made sure India did not lose any more wicket and draw this game. Kohli remained unbeaten on 49.

Cook, class

England captain Cook completed his 30th Test century and fifth in India to take England’s lead over 300. England resume the day at 114/0, with a lead of 163. Overnight batsmen Haseeb Hameed and Cook added 66 more runs before the former was dismissed by Amit Mishra. Hameed fell short of becoming the youngest England player to score a Test century by 18 runs.

In the end, it was England that dominated the first Test and ran India close. They will take a lot of confidence to the second Test that begins in Visakhaptnam from November 17.

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