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India survive England scare on final day to end Rajkot Test in draw

England players celebrating the wicket of Murali Vijay (right)
England players celebrating the wicket of Murali Vijay (right)
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England 537 & 260-3 dec (Cook 130) v
India 488 & 172-6 (Kohli 49no)
Match Drawn
First Test, Rajkot, day five

England pushed the game till the final hour of the final day and picked six Indian wickets but unbeaten knocks led by Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja ensured the first Test in Rajkot ended in a draw.

Earlier, a brilliant century from Alastair Cook and an impressive 82 from Haseeb Hameed helped England post 260 for three in their second innings to set a target of 310 runs for India in the final innings.

England started the day at 114 for naught with a lead of 163 runs over India. Cook (130) reached his fifty in the fifth over of the day. Cook and Hameed added 46 runs in the first hour of play and brought their 150-run opening stand.

The 180-run opening stand finally ended when Hameed chipped a return catch to Amit Mishra (2-60). The leg-spinner also removed Joe Root (4) in his next over, having him caught behind.

However, Cook went on to complete his 30th Test hundred to take England to 211 for two at lunch, leading India by 260 runs.

With 49 more runs added in the second session, England decided to declare their innings at 260 for three following the dismissal of Cook.

With a target of 310 runs, India lost Gautam Gambhir (0) in the second over bowled by Chris Woakes (1-6). Murali Vijay (31) and Cheteshwar Pujara (18) dealt in boundaries before the latter was trapped LBW by Adil Rashid (3-64). The ball pitched outside leg but Pujara went against reviewing it.

India lost Ajinkya Rahane (1) and Vijay in quick succession and were in trouble at 71 for four. However, Virat Kohli (49 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (32) added 47 runs for the fifth wicket and more importantly batted out 92 deliveries out of the game.

England continued to apply pressure and removed Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha (9) in a span of 22 deliveries but Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (32 not out) held their nerve and batted out 10 overs to see India through in a tough draw.

Moeen Ali was named the man of the match.

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