Virat Kohli temperament helped India draw first test match against England at Rajkot

India vs England Test match Drawn at Rajkot

Rajkot: India was expected to dominate the first Test match against England at Rajkot, but this is not how the game panned out right from the first session of the first day.

England 537 & 260/3d

vs

India 488 & 172/6 (52.3 ov, target 310)

 

at Rajkot on Nov 9-13, 2016 Match drawn

India found themselves reeling in the final session of the final day of the first Test. In chase of 310, India were in trouble at 71 for four with a minimum of 26.3 overs more to negotiate. And if it was not for skipper Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin’s 47-run stand for the fifth wicket, India might have had to go in to the second Test at Visakhapatnam trailing 0-1 in the series.

The result was a draw, but way too close than what was expected by and large. India finished with 172 for six at the end of the match.

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England had their chances in this match. Adil Rashid put them in a winning position by picking wickets in the fourth innings. But #Virat Kohli made an unbeaten 49 to make sure India were not bowled out and lose this match. His crucial partnerships with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ensured England did not have any hope of running through the tail.

This could have been their first home defeat in three years but it was not to be. England will be taking a lot of positives from this Test. For India, it’s time to go back to the drawing board

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The teams will now travel to Visakhapatnam for the second Test that begins November 17. Same venue where Amit Mishra picked up six wickets to bowl New Zealand out for 78 in the fifth and final ODI last month.