India survives final session for England draw
INDIA SURVIVED a jittery final session yesterday, reaching 172-6 in 52.3 overs on the fifth day, to secure a draw in the first test against England. The visitors earlier set a target of 310 runs in 49 overs.
Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 49, while Ravindra Jadeja was not out on 32 at stumps. It was Kohli’s highest score in 19 innings against England since scoring 103 in Nagpur in 2012.
The Indian skipper was happy to have escaped with a draw.
“Since day three, the ball did quite a bit for the spinners in the final session. But there were no demons as such in the pitch. It looked so because we had lost 4-5 wickets, but it wasn’t the case. This situation was an opportunity for us to improve our game. We learnt how to draw a match,” said Kohli.
After tea, Murali Vijay (31) and Kohli added 21 runs for the third wicket. Then, Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane (1) fell in successive overs.
Vijay was caught at short leg off Adil Rashid (3-64) in the 23rd over, while Moeen Ali (147) bowled Rahane in the 24th over, leaving India at 71-4.
Kohli then added 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (32).
England changed up its bowlers as the last hour of play began, a move that paid dividends when Zafar Ansari (1-41) removed Ashwin, caught by Joe Root at extra cover.
Wriddhiman Saha (9) returned a catch to Rashid in the 43rd over as India struggled toward the finish line.
But Kohli and Jadeja then added 40 runs for the sixth wicket, batting for 31 minutes across 10 overs to help the home side earn a tough draw.
Earlier, England declared their second innings at 260-3 with Alastair Cook (130) scoring his 30th test hundred.
He had reached his hundred off 194 balls, inclusive of ten fours. It was his fifth test hundred in India, the most by a visiting batsman here. He went past Sir Everton Weekes, Clive Lloyd and Hashim Amla, who all have four hundreds in India.
The second test begins in Visakhapatnam on November 17.