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  • 4:37 PM IST

    HANDSHAKES! The game has ended in a tame draw as players shake their hands, and Kohli remains standing tall with 49 not out. England came in the Test with a lot of doubts in their minds, but they walk away as the happier and satisfied unit. India, are up for some real challenge for the next 4 Tests.

  • 4:36 PM IST

    Jadeja hit 2 boundaries off Moeen and kept grinning throughout the over. Kohli on strike now. This will be his first fifty versus England. His highest, though, has been 103 at Nagpur in 2012 series.

  • 4:31 PM IST

    Kohli hits two strokes in the air, moves on to 48*. Two more overs to go.

  • 4:28 PM IST

    Less than 5 minutes left in the game. A tame, drawn Test. ‘We can probably get three overs,’ says L Sivaramakrisnan on air.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    This, is a gem from Nasser Hussain: What England have to do is to get into the last over (mandatory), and then take those 4 wickets.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    Wow, they should be happy

  • 4:22 PM IST

    With spinners, England have been able to bowl a lot many overs than anticipated. There still is about 10 minutes’ time left in the game. Nasser Hussain thinks taking wickets will waste time for England, and he is right.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    With almost every English fielder standing around the bat, Jadeja is happily hitting Rashid for boundaries. Let’s hope this is not a ploy from England.

  • 4:13 PM IST

    Exactly, what a fine little innings this has been from Kohli. The others have made most embarrassing of mistakes. But he has stood tall in this final session like a wall. Meanwhile, local crowd cheering, ‘Jaddu… Jaddu’. The local hero has not made any mark yet in this Test; must bat till the end. 4 overs more to go.

  • 4:11 PM IST

    LUCKY! Kohli prods forward to defend a delivery from Moeen. The ball turns into him, brushes the gloves, hits the body and drops very short of the silly point fielder who had to stretch completely to get to the ball. 5 more overs for India to survive. Can England find 4 good balls?

  • 4:09 PM IST

    India have been given a good reminder.

  • 4:06 PM IST

    OUT! Saha has committed a blunder here. He has played a stroke which was completely unwanted. Saha came down a little, and played it straight to Rashid who took a dolly. The umpire, Dharmasena, signalled OUT to the third umpire asking for his intervention. Good use of the technology, as Saha has been declared OUT caught and bowled by the bowler. England 4 wickets away from win. Kohli is there in the middle. The others going on making mistakes one after the other.

  • 4:02 PM IST

    7 more overs to go. England still needing 5 more to win.

  • 3:58 PM IST

    A delivery from Zafar Ansari hits a crack and shoots up over Kohli’s shoulders. Nasser Hussain says ‘well bowled’. He, and Michael Vaughan… leave it.

  • 3:52 PM IST

    Ashwin was proving his quality over Ben Stokes in the race of ‘who is the best all-rounder’. After steadying Indian nerves, he punished the mediocre English idea of bowling with 3 boundaries off Ansari. But it is the bowler who had the last laugh, getting Ashwin caught at cover for 53-ball 32.

    10 overs left in the game. 5 wickets for England to win. Will they call their best bowlers now?

  • 3:45 PM IST

    Ashwin and Kohli hit a boundary each to take India past the 100-run mark. 12 more overs left in the day.

  • 3:40 PM IST

    Surprise, surprise! Joe Root has been called in as a replacement of Moeen Ali. A tired Moeen Ali.

  • 3:38 PM IST

    Zafar Ansari to bowl instead of Stokes. Dharmasena makes no mistake in pointing out it is the final hour of the day and the match.

  • 3:34 PM IST

    Time for drinks with 15 overs left in the game. India feeling far more comfortable than they were about 30 minutes ago. Still, a lot of hard work to be done.

  • 3:32 PM IST

    Exactly an hour to go. 16 overs left in the day, in the match. Ashwin and Kohli have been solid.

  • 3:19 PM IST

    Ben Stokes replaces Adil Rashid. Exactly my point. It’s not that Stokes has been at his best, in fact, he was the worst in the first innings from England.

  • 3:18 PM IST

    19 more overs to go for India to earn a draw.

  • 3:16 PM IST

    Ashwin has been padding a lot of deliveries from Moeen. England have been vociferous in appealing, and they take a review with Ashwin prodding forward. There was no intention to play the shot, the impact was outside off and the ball was clipping the leg stump. Umpire’s call. Ashwin replies with a boundary.

  • 3:12 PM IST

    There are men around the bat, the English wicketkeeper has suddenly found his voice. Ashwin and Kohli need to be very, very careful.

  • 3:09 PM IST

    21 overs more for India to battle on….

  • 3:07 PM IST

    Nick Compton has a valid point to make.

  • 3:07 PM IST

    A lot of men have come around the bat for Moeen and Rashid. Let’s see how long do they go on to bowl. Important for Kohli and Ashwin to bat long. India are in tremendous pressure.

  • 2:58 PM IST

    India had none around the bat today. Literally none. England have 4 around the bat including the ‘keeper. Lessons to learn for Kohli’s team.

  • 2:55 PM IST

    WICKET! India are crumbling, it is all coming down thick and fast for the World No. 1 side. A regulation delivery from Moeen spins into Rahane sharply, who goes back in the crease to fend it off. The ball keeps low, Rahane fails to connect. The ball hits the pads and crashes into the middle. India in a desperate situation. Time for Ravichandran Ashwin to save face.

    OUT! Ajinkya Rahane b Moeen Ali 1 (5)

  • 2:53 PM IST

    Winning the game was never India’s cup of tea. But the flurry of wickets has put England in complete command. A lot depends on Kohli and Rahane, let’s see how these two take India ahead.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the fifth and final day in the first Test, between India and England. The tourists, who obtained a lead of 49 runs in the first innings, made an extremely strong start in their second innings and reached 113 for no loss at stumps on the second day. England’s right-handed opener Haseeb Hameed, who made his debut in this Test, smacked his debut half-century and Alastair Cook remained unbeaten on not out to ensure their team remains unscathed in the final session of the fourth day’s play. England’s overall lead is of runs now, and India will have to pull off a magical performance in case they have to win the game. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

Hameed faced 115 balls and scored 62 not out. His innings was studded with five boundaries and a six. On the other hand, England captain Cook was 5 runs away from his 46th half-century in the only format he plays in. India remained luckless in the 37 overs that they bowled so far in the second innings, trying out all their five bowlers but not being able to make any mark.

Earlier in the day, India produced a strong batting performance on the fourth day as well. In reply to England’s 537. However, it was not after their captain and vice-captain flopping with the bat. Virat Kohli fell for 40, his deputy Ajinkya Rahane was cleaned up by the left-arm England spinner Zafar Ansari for 13 runs. Kohli struck 5 boundaries and faced 95 deliveries, which made him look good for a big innings. However, Kohli was dismissed in one of the most unusual ways. He rocked back to push a delivery towards midwicket off Adil Rashid, but his backfoot kissed the bottom of the leg stump and a bail fell off. English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow was quick to notice that, and Kohli had to walk back after a decent knock.

But Kohli’s dismissal was not the only one which added pressure on India. Earlier in the day, Rahane began nervously, and failed to make runs on a very good batting wicket. Rahane was just as messy in his dismissal as Gautam Gambhir was. He went deep into the crease on a delivery from Zafar Ansari that straightened up, and while he tried to work it on the leg side, the ball missed the bat and flicked the top of the wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin led India’s late resistance, as the right-handed batsman completed his seventh half-century in Test cricket. Ashwin did not give England any room and batted as well as he does, notching up his third fifty against the same opponent. Ashwin was the last man to be dismissed, after a brilliant innings of 70 off 139 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Ashwin was involved in two crucial partnerships late in the Indian innings, adding 64 runs for the seventh wicket with Wriddhiman Saha and 29 runs for the final wicket with Mohammed Shami. Ashwin also added 24 crucial runs with Ravindra Jadeja for the eighth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja.


India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn.

Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot