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India vs England: Hosts Survive England Scare; Rajkot Test Ends in a Draw

A file photo of Virat Kohli during the first Test against England in Rajkot. (Getty Images)

A file photo of Virat Kohli during the first Test against England in Rajkot. (Getty Images)

Team India survived England scare on the final day as the opening Test of the five-match series in Rajkot resulted in an exciting draw on Sunday.

England 2nd Innings: 260/3d (A Cook: 130, H Hameed: 82, A Mishra: 2/60) ; India 2nd Innings: 172/6 (V Kohli: 49*, R Jadeja: 32*, A Rashid: 3/64) Match Drawn

Team India survived England scare on the final day as the opening Test of the five-match series in Rajkot resulted in an exciting draw on Sunday.

Top-ranked India, which was set a target of 310 runs off a minimum 49 overs to win the game, finished on 172 for 6 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association ground, hosting its first Test ever.

Riding on captain Alastair Cook’s brilliant century, England had set 310-run target for India after they declared their second innings at 260 for 3 on the final day.

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Cook made his 30th Test century and record fifth in India, more than any other overseas batsman.

Top-ranked India were fighting for a draw after losing quick wickets on the final day.

England, who scored 537 all out in their first innings and then bowled out India for 488, declared their second innings shortly after lunch, leaving the top-ranked home side to chase 310 runs off 49 overs on the fifth day.

Rajkot Test, Day 5: As It Happened

But the Indians looked more concerned with survival on a wearing track at the Saurashtra Cricket Association ground.

The hosts lost Gautam Gambhir to Chris Woakes for a duck while Cheteshwar Pujara (18) was trapped leg before wicket by spinner Adil Rashid.

At tea, India were 49 for 2 off 18 overs, needing 261 runs with eight wickets in hand for an unlikely win in the final session of the match.

Murali Vijay (29), who hit a century in India’s first innings score of 488, and skipper Virat Kohli (two) were the not out batsmen at the crease.

India were reduced to 71/4 as Rashid got rid of opener Vijay shortly after the break.

Kohli then frustrated the touring side with a fifth-wicket stand of 47 with all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who made 32.

The pair batted out over 15 overs to take India closer, but Zafar Ansari broke the partnership to ensure a nervy finish to an exciting final day’s play in Rajkot.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha did not last long either as India were reduced to 132 for six with England going all out for a victory.

But Kohli added another crucial unbeaten stand of 40 in 10 overs for the seventh wicket with local boy Ravindra Jadeja, who remained unbeaten on 32, to deny the tourists.

The hosts reached 172 for six to survive England scare as the match ended in a draw.