Rajkot:The first Test between India and England has ended in a draw. At stumps on Day 5, India were 172/6 while chasing the 309-run target set by England. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease when the day's play came to an end.
Day 5: As it happened...
Over 52.3 | Score 172/6 | (Kohli 49*, Jadeja 32*)
STUMPS! Kohli and Cook have shook hands which means the match has ended in a draw. Kohli took a single off Rashid and shook the hands with his counterpart. England have shown great resilience and have proved a point to those who were predicing the Test series to be a one-sided contest.
Over 50 | Score 156/6 | (Kohli 42*, Jadeja 23*)
Jadeja is batting with a positive intent and these two are looking to bat till the end. With few overs still remaining, these two are not hesitating in punishing the loose balls. Kohli might also complete his fifty before end of day's play.
Over 45 | Score 140/6 | (Kohli 42*, Jadeja 7*)
Saha was batting with a positive intent but he was dismissed by Rashid. Saha came down the track and was deceived by flight, he bat bumped the ground but the ball went straight to the bowler. Needless shot there. Jadeja is the next man in.
WP Saha c & b Rashid 9 (13b)
Over 40 | Score 119/5 | (Kohli 37*, Saha 0*)
Ansari got England next breakthrough as Ashwin gave an easy catch to Root at extra cover. 48 runs were added for the fifth wicket between these two. Saha is the new man in.
R Ashwin c Root b Ansari 32 (53b)
Over 36 | Score 101/4 | (Kohli 32* , Ashwin 19*)
Kohli and Ashwin are in the process of rebuilding the innings. Both the batsmen are technically very sound and they have added unbeaten 30 runs so far. The hosts need a much better partnership from them today.
Over 24 | Score 71/2 | (Kohli 2*, Rahane *)
Murali Vijay was the next batsman to depart as an inside edge went straight to short leg. In the next over Moeen Ali bowled new batsman Ajinkya Rahane as the ball kept low and spun sharply from outside the off-stump. Trouble for India. Kohli needs to play a captain's knock here. Ashwin is the next man in and he needs to support his skipper.
AM Rahane b Ali 1 (5b)
M Vijay c Hameed b Rashid 31 (71b)
Over 18 | Score 49/2 | (Vijay 29*, Kohli 2*)
India lost another big wicket as Pujara was trapped in front of the wicket. The ball spun sharply from outside the leg-stump and hit Pujara on the pads. Kohli is the next man in. The hosts need their skipper to bat throughout the day.
CA Pujara lbw b Rashid 18 (36b)
Over 1 | Score 31/1 | (Vijay 21*, Pujara 10*)
Chasing 309 runs, Indian team got off to a disastrous start as Gautam Gambhir edged one in the slip cordon even before he could open his account. But Vijay and Pujara have looked good so far and as they did in the first innings, India need them to stitch another valuable partnership.
Over 75.3 | Score 185/1 | (Cook 94*, Root 2*)
Alastair Cook's resilience finally came to an end when he holed one straight to long-off against Ashwin. The declaration came immediately and the visitors have set a 310-run target for India.
AN Cook c Jadeja b Ashwin 130 (243b)
Over 66 | Score 211/2 | (Cook 105*, Stokes 6*)
LUNCH: England skipper Cook slammed his fifth ton in India. Not to forget, he was dropped in the first over of the Test match by Rahane at gully. He has also went past Don Bradman. Meanwhile, Mishra picked his second wicket of the innings when he dismissed Root, who hit one in the air while trying to sweep.
Over 60 | Score 185/1 | (Cook 94*, Root 2*)
There was finally some lack of concentration by the young Hameed as he returned a catch to Amit Mishra. The ball was wide and the teenager went after it, only to find Amit take a clean catch. The opening stand, which lasted for 180 runs, has finally been broken. Joe Root is the next man in. Meanwhile, Cook is now looking extremely confident at the crease.
H Hameed c & b Mishra 82 (233m 177b)
Over 50 | Score 145/0 | (Cook 64*, Hameed 75*)
Cook and Hameed continue to impress. Ashwin has been trying a lot of variation since the beginning of the day but nothing has worked so far. The visitors lead by 194 runs.
Over 41 | Score 124/0 | (Cook 50*, Hameed 68*)
England skipper Alastair Cook reached yet another fifty against India as he took single off Mohammed Shami in the fourth over of the day.
What to expect on the final day:
Yes, a result is still possible, with England emerging as clear favourites after an enthralling penultimate day's play on Saturday. For that to happen, England will need to score fast, and lay out a table with safe enough target – enough to entice India to go for it.
But India are a different beast at home conditions, and the last four series wins, in succession, have not come just like that. Virat Kohli & Co will do everything to safe the match, including a dogged defence.
What about India going for win. And for that too happen, someone will need to stand up and deliver. In very likelihood, that will be Ravichandran Aswhin. His spin has come under the attack from everyone, and he knows how to give a reply.
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.
Day 4 Recap:
The Indian spin troika's inability to get breakthroughs on a good batting track was exposed once again as match meandered towards a draw after a solid century stand by the visiting team's openers 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.
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.
Welcome to our live coverage of day 5 of the first India-England first Test, being played at Rajkot.