In­dia sur­vives fi­nal ses­sion for Eng­land draw

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

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.


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