Rajkot: Chasing a target of 310, Indian team managed to score 172 runs at the expense of 6 wickets. A crucial unbeaten innings of 49 runs from Indian captain Virat Kohli and quick-fire assistance of 32 runs in 33 deliveries from Ravindra Jadeja helped the hosts to draw the first test match against England.
England took a comfortable lead of 260 runs by lunch and they declared their second innings at 260/3 after the dismissal of Alastair Cook. Captain Alastair Cook scored 130, helping England set a target of 310. Haseeb Hameed scored 82 runs and Ben Stokes was still at crease on the score of 29 when England declared the innings.
Out of the total 3 dismissed England batsmen, Amit Mishra took two wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the centurion, Alastair Cook.
India responded with 488 runs in the first innings, trailing England’s mammoth score of 537. It was a runs galore as there were three centurions — Joe Root (124), Moeen Ali (117) and Ben Stokes (128), in England’s first innings while India boasted of two in Murali Vijay (126) and Cheteshwar Pujara (124). Alastair Cook added to the tally of tons by scoring 130 in England’s second innings.
The target of 310 runs proved to be a monumental task for the Indian batting line-up as India lost 6 wickets at the score of 132 runs. The first innings’ centurions Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were dismissed at scores of 31 and 18, respectively. Virat Kohli played a decisive inning of 49 runs and managed to hold up the ferocious bowling attack of England, especially Adil Rashid who took 3 wickets in the second inning.