Source: News Bharati English14 Nov 2016 09:16:00
Rajkot, November 14: Turning the heat of the first Test match like that of an ODI in final hours of the 5th day, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja played an awesome game saving India from a possible loss against the Englishmen. Declaring the 2nd innings on 260 runs, England kept a target of 310.
Alastair Cook’s 30th Test century (130) took him past Don Bradman’s tally of 29 and helped England set India a near impossible 310 from a minimum of 49 overs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday.
With losing four wickets quickly, Indian skipper Virat Kohli played an outstanding innings to keep game on the track and made good partnership with R. Ashwin and R. Jadeja in the end to put the destiny of the match as draw. Kohli played a powerful innings of 49 runs from 98 balls to save India from an embarrassing victory at home.
India’s chase, rather fight for safety, began on a terrible note with Gautam Gambhir falling to Chris Woakes with nothing on the board in the second over. It was a dismissal that would remind Gambhir of his earlier struggles, the opener poking outside his off-stump and nicking to the slip cordon.
It was clear soon that India was not going to be adventurous, but it was also careful not to get into a shell. M Vijay hit a couple of boundaries off Stuart Broad and was also keen on not letting the spinners settle down – he regularly stepped out to hit Zafar Ansari for boundaries down the ground.
India went into tea at a nervous 41 for 2 and England struck more panic soon after the break. Vijay was caught at short-leg off Rashid in a repeat of his first-innings dismissal before Moeen Ali spun one off the crack and bowled Ajinkya Rahane off his pad. India still had at least 25 overs to bat with numerous fielders around the batsmen. One more wicket, particularly Kohli’s, could have sent shivers down the dressing room. That would never happen.
R Ashwin, who survived a close leg before review by England early, gave his captain company for 15 overs before carelessly driving Ansari to cover. Soon, Wriddhiman Saha chipped a return catch to Rashid to keep England interested.
England needed four wickets from the last 30 minutes for a famous win. It tried everything – including having its substitutes as ball-boys to retrieve the ball quickly should it cross the boundary rope - but a resolute Indian captain wouldn’t budge, Ravindra Jadeja keeping him attacking company when the teams shook hands.