Kohli, Jadeja help India survive on final day, game ends in a draw
Rajkot: Skipper Virat Kohli guided India to play out a draw but England Cricket team has done a psychological damage. India's score was embarrassing 172/6 at stumps on the final day of first of five-Test match series, at Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium here on Sunday.
Indian Cricket team was on a verge of loss when wickets fell on a regular interval. It was skipper Virat Kohli, who stayed till the end, missing his fifty by a single run. Kohli's unbeaten knock of 49 runs was laced with six fours. He shared some crucial partnerships with India's key spinners Ashwin and Jadeja which helped India survive in the game.
Chasing 310 runs, India lost old war horse Gautam Gambhir (0) very early. Pujara, who had hit a ton in the first innings, was given leg before wicket to Adil Rashid at a score of 18 runs. Later, Vijay and Kohli shared 47-run partnership before Rashid also packed Vijay back to the dressing room. Rahane was the major disappointment. He continued his ODI failure in Tests departing at a score of 1 run. Saha (9) became Rashid's third prey.
For England, Rashid bagged three wickets while Woakes, Moeen Ali and Ansari managed to claim one wicket each.
Earlier on Day 5, Alastair Cook's 30th hundred was the major charm of the final day. Cook's 130-run knock was studded with 13 boundaries.The 19-year old debutant Hameed ,however, was unlucky to miss the milestone of scoring ton on debut when he got out at 82. Incidentally, Cook had scored century on his debut against India in Nagpur about a decade ago. England declared at 260/3 in its first innings.
England 1st innings: 537/10; Root 124, Moeen Ali 117, Ben Stokes 128; Jadeja 3/86
Indian 1st innings: 488/10; Vijay 126, Pujara 124; Adil Rashid 4/114
England 2nd innings: 260/3; Cook 130, Hameed 82; Amit Mishra 2/80
India 2nd innings: 172/6; Kohli 49; Rashid 3/64
Man of the Match: Moeen Ali
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