Kohli bats India to draw in the tough first Test vs. England
- The first Test between IND and ENG ended in a draw at Rajkot.
- Kohli and Jadeja remained unbeaten on 49 and 32.
- Moeen Ali was declared the Player of the Match.
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 49 and 32 respectively, and the duo ensured the visitors were denied a win in the opening match of their five-Test series.
England declared at 260 for 3 before tea was taken on the final day. Suddenly Alastair Cook and Co could see a victory when India lost five quick wickets.
Kohli's knock of 49 off 98 balls stood strong between England and their victory. Although the visiting spinners, Adil Rashid and Mooen Ali turned the game around during the final hours of the day, the Indian skipper ensured he remained undefeated as India's Test captain.
Ali was declared the Player of the Match for his 117 runs and three wickets, both came during crucial situations.
Both the teams next fly to Vishakapatnam for the second Test.
"Slight frustration, credit to Cooky and Has [Haseeb Hameed] for setting the game. A lot of confidence going into the next one. We have to make sure we put the hardwork in for the next Test. We're doing some good stuff at the moment. So many chances that could have gone, that could have happened," one of the centurions of the match, Joe Root, said after the Rajkot Test ended.
Meanwhile, the English captain Cook was impressed with the cricket his side played in the opening game, saying the five days were tough. "It was a good toss to win. I'm really proud of the lads. They were relentless with the ball, and picked up crucial wickets," Cook said.