As Captain Virat Kohli said, "we have learnt how to draw now," for India, the first test match with England was a draw after quite a few games. India saved the first test as Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja stood up to keep on with their wickets when England needed it the most. The batsmen's survival was the result of a planned strategy to make the game draw. For India, scaling 310 off 49 overs was almost an impossible challenge. Kohli's unbeaten 49 off 98 came up as a countering replay to Alastair Cook's 130. In the second inning, India racked up 172 for six, denying England the most wanted wicket.
India trailed the first inning score by England by 49 runs. It was Day 4 and England set out for their second inning that continued to final day. Leaving the pitch, England added another 260 into its previous score. The only chance for India was to pull up the chase to a draw, batting for half a day. For which, the team at least required to keep their batsmen intact until the end of the day. But the start was poor. Even this seemed a far fetch dream when the wickets began to topple one after another. The first to fall was Gautam Gambhir and it was in the second over. Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed in the 17th over while the score was only 47. The loss of wickets was occasionally and soon India plummeted to 132 for 6 with Wriddhiman Saha's wicket.
After the slog, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja took the helm of the inning. The players took the authority and played slow and low. In the last 30 minutes, England required four more wickets to win. Captain Cook devised plans but could not make any difference into the middle order partnership. Meanwhile, the duo was busy in hitting boundaries at regular intervals showing no signs of weakness. By 52.3 overs, the players pulled up the score to 172 as the day ended.
India put England in a double jeopardy in the final day. If they declared earlier, it could have given them an upper hand to pressure India in terms of asking run rate. But, there was also the possibility of India hauling a target that was not decent enough to challenge the top test team. Thus, England declared the inning late scoring 260 to be sure of the strength of their score. This reduced the equation into the game of taking wickets before the day ended. The bowlers did well and the match could have given out the way to favorable outcome for England, but removing Kohli and Jadeja was the real challenge.
Earlier in the second inning of the visitors, Alastair Cook had the fifth Test Century in India. It is a record for the highest number of Test Centuries visiting the country. It was the 30th Test century for the batsmen with which he became the fourth batsman to score 1000 runs in India. Cook has surpassed Don Bradman's tally of 29 centuries in the match.
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