Cricket

Kohli steers India to a draw in first Test with England

Virat Kohli's side came under pressure during their second innings in the first Test against England.
Virat Kohli's side came under pressure during their second innings in the first Test against England. Reuters/Amit Dave

India skipper Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 49 on Sunday to guide his side to a draw in the first Test against England in Rajkot. Kohli’s England counterpart, Alastair Cook, scored 130 as the tourists declared their second innings at 260-3.

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That left the hosts needing 310 runs for victory before the close of play on the final day.

After the loss of Gautam Gambir and Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply, a run chase was never likely. And once Ajinkya Rahane was bowled to leave India on 71 for 4, there were question marks over the chances of even a draw.

But Kohli steadied the ship with a 47 run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin. Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja saw them home to safety on 172 for 6.

"It is important to convince yourself you can negotiate what's thrown at you," Kohli said after th game. "It was a challenging situation. England's bowlers put us under a lot of pressure. We need to accept what happened."

Cook praised his bowlers for trying to maintain a stranglehold on India's batsmen.
"It was really tough five days," he said. We were relentless with the ball, we didn't let India score too quickly.”

The second test in the five match series begins on Thursday in Visakhapatnam.

 

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