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First Test heading towards a draw

By The Assam Tribune

RAJKOT, Nov 12: The Indian spin troika�s inability to get breakthroughs on a good batting track was exposed once again as the first cricket Test against England meandered towards a draw after a solid century stand by the visiting team�s openers here on the penultimate day.

After India were all out for 488 in their first innings, thereby conceding a first innings lead of 49 runs, England openers Alastair Cook (46 batting) and teenager Haseeb Hameed (62 batting) added 114 runs in 37 overs to take the lead to 163 runs.

With only a day�s play left and turn on offer being a slow one, it will take a Herculean effort from Indian bowlers to enforce a result out of this match which is heading towards a tame draw.

England won�t mind as it would give them a necessary boost on a long tour that will end in the third week of next month.

Cook was unbeaten on 46 off 107 balls and debutant opener Hameed struck his maiden half-century on debut. The 115-ball innings had five boundaries and a six. With the pitch showing just the usual signs of wear and tear, draw looks the most obvious result, unless England make a challenging declaration and press for a victory tomorrow.

In the morning, India resumed at the overnight 319 for four and lost wickets steadily barring a 64-run seventh wicket stand between Ravichandran Ashwin, who made a steady 70 with seven fours off 139 balls and in 200 minutes, and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (35).

India lost the wickets of captain Virat Kohli, who struck five fours in 95 balls, and Ajinkya Rahane (13) in the pre-lunch session and the rest in the session before tea. The last-wicket stand between Ashwin, who was 49 when the ninth wicket fell, and Mohammed Shami (not out 8) kept England on the field longer than they may have expected and helped India cut the lead to below 50.

SCORECARD

England 1st innings: 537

India 1st innings: (Overnight 319-4): Murali Vijay c Hameed b Rashid 126, Gautam Gambhir lbw b Broad 29, Cheteshwar Pujara c Cook b Stokes 124, Virat Kohli hit wicket b Rashid 40, Amit Mishra c Hameed b Ansari 0, Ajinkya Rahane b Ansari 13, Ravichandran Ashwin c Ansari b Ali 70, Wriddhiman Saha c Bairstow b Ali 35, Ravindra Jadeja c Hameed b Rashid 12, Umesh Yadav c Stokes b Rashid 5, Mohammed Shami not out 8. Extras: (B-23, LB-2, WD-1) 26. Total: (all out in 162 overs) 488. Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-277, 3-318, 4-319, 5-349, 6-361, 7-425, 8-449, 9-459. Bowling: Stuart Broad 29-9-78-1, Chris Woakes 31-6-57-0, Moeen Ali 31-7-85-2, Zafar Ansari 23-1-77-2, Adil Rashid 31-1-114-4, Ben Stokes 17-2-51-1.

England 2nd innings: Alastair Cook batting 46, Haseeb Hameed batting 62. Extras: (B-4, LB-1, NB-1) 6. Total: (For no loss in 37 overs) 114. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 6-1-12-0, Ravindra Jadeja 10-1-33-0, R Ashwin 10-2-32-0, Umesh Yadav 5-1-13-0, Amit Mishra 6-0-19-0. � PTI

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First Test heading towards a draw

RAJKOT, Nov 12: The Indian spin troika�s inability to get breakthroughs on a good batting track was exposed once again as the first cricket Test against England meandered towards a draw after a solid century stand by the visiting team�s openers here on the penultimate day.

After India were all out for 488 in their first innings, thereby conceding a first innings lead of 49 runs, England openers Alastair Cook (46 batting) and teenager Haseeb Hameed (62 batting) added 114 runs in 37 overs to take the lead to 163 runs.

With only a day�s play left and turn on offer being a slow one, it will take a Herculean effort from Indian bowlers to enforce a result out of this match which is heading towards a tame draw.

England won�t mind as it would give them a necessary boost on a long tour that will end in the third week of next month.

Cook was unbeaten on 46 off 107 balls and debutant opener Hameed struck his maiden half-century on debut. The 115-ball innings had five boundaries and a six. With the pitch showing just the usual signs of wear and tear, draw looks the most obvious result, unless England make a challenging declaration and press for a victory tomorrow.

In the morning, India resumed at the overnight 319 for four and lost wickets steadily barring a 64-run seventh wicket stand between Ravichandran Ashwin, who made a steady 70 with seven fours off 139 balls and in 200 minutes, and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (35).

India lost the wickets of captain Virat Kohli, who struck five fours in 95 balls, and Ajinkya Rahane (13) in the pre-lunch session and the rest in the session before tea. The last-wicket stand between Ashwin, who was 49 when the ninth wicket fell, and Mohammed Shami (not out 8) kept England on the field longer than they may have expected and helped India cut the lead to below 50.

SCORECARD

England 1st innings: 537

India 1st innings: (Overnight 319-4): Murali Vijay c Hameed b Rashid 126, Gautam Gambhir lbw b Broad 29, Cheteshwar Pujara c Cook b Stokes 124, Virat Kohli hit wicket b Rashid 40, Amit Mishra c Hameed b Ansari 0, Ajinkya Rahane b Ansari 13, Ravichandran Ashwin c Ansari b Ali 70, Wriddhiman Saha c Bairstow b Ali 35, Ravindra Jadeja c Hameed b Rashid 12, Umesh Yadav c Stokes b Rashid 5, Mohammed Shami not out 8. Extras: (B-23, LB-2, WD-1) 26. Total: (all out in 162 overs) 488. Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-277, 3-318, 4-319, 5-349, 6-361, 7-425, 8-449, 9-459. Bowling: Stuart Broad 29-9-78-1, Chris Woakes 31-6-57-0, Moeen Ali 31-7-85-2, Zafar Ansari 23-1-77-2, Adil Rashid 31-1-114-4, Ben Stokes 17-2-51-1.

England 2nd innings: Alastair Cook batting 46, Haseeb Hameed batting 62. Extras: (B-4, LB-1, NB-1) 6. Total: (For no loss in 37 overs) 114. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 6-1-12-0, Ravindra Jadeja 10-1-33-0, R Ashwin 10-2-32-0, Umesh Yadav 5-1-13-0, Amit Mishra 6-0-19-0. � PTI