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Day 5

1008dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

England end four short of unlikely win

On a day that Alastair Cook scored his fifth Test century in India, the most by a visiting batsman, he came desperately close to registering an unlikely Test win, but was defied by his opposite n

1007dAlagappan Muthu in Rajkot

India learn the value of the dead bat

Given the choice, India prefer to be aggressive and take their chances a fourth-innings target. In Rajkot, however, led by Virat Kohli's excellent balance, they acquainted themselves with the val

1008dAlagappan Muthu in Rajkot

Learnt valuable lessons in drawing Tests - Virat Kohli

With just two defeats in 18 Tests under Virat Kohli's leadership, India have rarely been faced with the challenge of saving a game, especially not on home soil. In the circumstances, the captain felt they had adapted well and learnt new skills

1008dESPNcricinfo staff

Cook shines on final day with 30th Test ton

A sublime 243-ball 130 from Alastair Cook - his 30th Test ton - helped England claim a moral victory by drawing the first Test against India in Rajkot on Sunday.

Day 4

1009dESPNcricinfo staff

Hameed puts England in command with impressive 70

England's debutant opener, Haseeb Hameed, hit five fours and a six in his unbeaten 116-ball 62 that gave the tourists a comfortable 163-run lead against India on the fourth day of the first Test being played in Rajkot on Saturday.

Day 3

1010dAakash Chopra

Pujara's footwork, Vijay's balance

Aakash Chopra examines the techniques of India's centurions and praises Chris Woakes' use of the crease in his analytical observations from the third day of the Rajkot Test

Day 2

1010dESPNcricinfo staff

Stokes ton puts England in command of first Test against India

Ben Stokes' last three Test innings against India in 2014, yielded three ducks. He made amends for his earlier failures in England, by scoring his fourth ton, which guided his side to a sizable first-innings score of 537 in their first Test against India

1011dGeorge Dobell in Rajkot

England not intimidated by spin

The visitors, led by Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, proved to themselves - and to India- that they weren't spooked by the turning ball, and that had learned from the Dhaka debacle

1011dAlagappan Muthu

Anything that can possibly go wrong...

A certain Murphy S. Law visited Rajkot for its debut Test, and spent rather more time around India's bowlers and fielders than they would have liked

1011dESPNcricinfo staff

Five lives

The catches that India put down in the first innings in Rajkot

1011dAakash Chopra

Widening cracks bode well for England

The case of the missing yorkers, and how Gautam Gambhir has made his open stance work are among Aakash Chopra's analytical observations from the second day of the Rajkot Test

Day 1

1012dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Root, Moeen give England strong start

Joe Root scored the first century by a batsman visiting India since Michael Clarke in February 2013 to help England score the first 300 against India in the last 20 Test innings in India

1011dESPNcricinfo staff

Root anchors England's first-innings effort with ton

India's spinners, and R Ashwin in particular, had threatened to disrupt England's effort on the first day of the first Test in Rajkot, but Joe Root starred for the tourists with an impressive ton - his eleventh in Tests, to guide his side to a sizable 311

1012dAndrew Miller

Root falls in spite of Yadav fumble

For a split-second, Umesh Yadav's heart was in his mouth. He'd had the key wicket of England's innings clasped in his hands but appeared to have tossed it away in a celebratory gesture

1012dAakash Chopra

Joe Root defies conventional wisdom

R Ashwin's angle of attack and the slip fielders' conundrum also feature in Aakash Chopra's analytical observations from the first day of the Rajkot Test

1012dSidharth Monga

How not to use the DRS

England have a lot of experience using the DRS, but you might not have guessed as much from their early referrals on the review system's Test debut in India

1012dAlagappan Muthu in Rajkot

Test cricket comes to Rajkot

While there is a degree of excitement and nervous energy going around, nothing over the top awaits local boys Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja in what is a region with a rich cricketing hist

1012dAlagappan Muthu in Rajkot

India worn down by lack of wear and tear

Deprived of the chance to bat first and put massive runs on the board, India were forced to improvise in a bid to create pressure. And it didn't work


1007dNagraj Gollapudi

Too much grass, says Kohli; perfect pitch, says Shah

While Virat Kohli said the liberal amount of grass on the Rajkot track was a factor in India's lack of dominance in the Test, SCA secretary Niranjan Shah called it a pitch fit for five days of Te

1008dGeorge Dobell in Rajkot

ECB extends Saqlain coaching spell

England's spinners will have the services of Saqlain Mushtaq to call up until after the third Test in Mohali after his contract was extended

1013dAlagappan Muthu in Rajkot

Shami gives Kohli his cruise control

Fit, fast and attacking the stumps, Mohammad Shami will ensure England get no respite when India's spinners take a break

1013dAlagappan Muthu in Rajkot

Kohli transformed since failure in England

Virat Kohli has said he was "thankful" for India's tour of England in 2014, when he totalled 135 runs in five Tests, because it has led to his becoming a "really improved cricketer"

A draw


Last time a completed Test ended in a draw in Ind - Nagpur, also involving Eng. Ind had won 12 consecutive completed Tests since then excluding v SA, Bangalore (rain).

The chaser


Kohli's average in the fourth inns of Tests, before this. He has made two centuries and four fifties in 14 innings.



Run rate required for India to win this Test - 310 in 49 overs.

Cook's den


No. of Test centuries for Cook in India - most by any visiting batsman in the country. Weekes, Lloyd and Amla made 4 100s here.

Cracking teenager


No. of England players to make a 50-plus score before the age of 20, including Haseeb Hameed. Others: Jack Crawford (1906) and Dennis Compton (1937)

Lead for visitors


Last time an overseas team managed to get the first-inns lead in a Test in India, before this - Eng in Nagpur. In 13 Tests since then, Ind gained average lead of 155 runs.

Ashwin v England


No. of scores of 40 or more for Ashwin against England, including this - most for him against any team. He has 4 40+ scores against WI.

Rare dismissal


Last time an Ind batsman was out hit wicket in Tests, before Kohli - VVS Laxman in Antigua. Kohli is the second Ind captain after L Amarnath to be out in this fashion.

Task to improve


Kohli's ave vs Eng, before this - his lowest against any team playing more than one Test. He had made 188 at 31.33 vs Eng in 2012-13 and 134 at 13.40 in Eng 2014.

Vijay gets going


No. of consecutive innings without a century for Vijay, before this. His last hundred was 150 against Bangladesh in Fatullah.

Pujara's third


No. of Test centuries for Pujara vs Eng - the most for him against any opposition. He had hit 206* and 135 in the 2012-13 series before making another in this inns.