By Sudipto GangulyRAJKOT, India(Reuters)-India captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on a defiant 49 in a tense final session to deny England victory and claim a draw in the opening Test of the five-match series on Sunday.England captain Alastair Cook notched up his 30th test hundred and declared his team’s second innings on 260 for three in the second session, to set India an improbable target of 310.Leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who picked up four wickets in the first innings, took another three as the hosts were reduced to 71 for four shortly after tea.With the spinners getting the ball to turn sharply and bounce on the wearing pitch, Cook surrounded India’s batsmen with close-in fielders in an effort to force a victory.Kohli, India’s best batsman, then frustrated the touring side with a fifth-wicket stand of 47 with Ravichandran Ashwin, who made 32.The pair batted out over 15 overs to take India closer to the draw before Ashwin drove left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari straight to Joe Root in the covers.Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha did not last long as India were reduced to 132 for six with enough overs still left in the match for England to force a win.But Kohli added another crucial unbeaten stand of 40 in 10 overs for the seventh wicket with local boy Ravindra Jadeja, who remained unbeaten on 32, to deny the tourists.The hosts reached 172 for six when the captains shook hands for the match to end in a draw.The result, however, could have swung in England’s favour had they managed to hold on to their catches.Vijay, India’s highest scorer in the first innings with 126, was dropped on 13 by Ansari, who failed to hold on to a powerful return catch. The batsman went on to make 31.Ansari was the unlucky bowler again in his next over when Stuart Broad dropped a much easier catch from first-innings centurion Pujara at point with the batsman on 10.Pujara was dismissed on l8, given out leg before off Rashid with replays showing the ball had pitched outside the leg stump and the decision would have been overturned on review.COOK HITS TONEarlier, Cook brought up his sixth hundred against India, with five of them having come while touring the countryResuming on his overnight score of 46, the left-hander looked unperturbed against the turning ball and was equally comfortable against India’s pacemen, who got the ball to reverse swing.Cook hit 13 boundaries in his knock of 130, which came to an end when he was caught off Ashwin.Mishra broke England’s best opening stand in India with his third ball of the day when the 19-year-old Haseeb Hammed (82) hit a flighted delivery straight back to the spinner.Mishra also picked up Root (4) in his second over of the morning.England promoted the hard-hitting Stokes up the order to score quick runs and the left-hander hit 29 in as many deliveries in a 68-run stand with Cook for the third wicket.ENGLAND 1st innings 537 (B. Stokes 128, J. Root 124, M. Ali 117)India 1st innings 488 (M. Vijay 126, C. Pujara 124, R. Ashwin 70; A. Rashid 4-114)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 114-0)A. Cook c Jadeja b R. Ashwin 130H. Hameed c&b Mishra 82J. Root c Saha b Mishra 4B. Stokes not out 29Extras (b-11 lb-3 nb-1) 15Total (for 3 wickets declared, 75.3 overs) 260Fall of wickets: 1-180 H. Hameed,2-192 J. Root,3-260 A. CookDid not bat: B. Duckett, M. Ali, J. Bairstow, C. Woakes, Z. Ansari, A. Rashid, S. BroadBowling: M. Shami 11 – 1 – 29 – 0, R. Jadeja 15 – 1 – 47 – 0,R. Ashwin 23.3 – 4 – 63 – 1, U. Yadav 13 – 2 – 47 – 0,A. Mishra 13 – 0 – 60 – 2(nb-1).INDIA 2nd innings (Target: 310 runs)M. Vijay c Hameed b Rashid 31G. Gambhir c Root b Woakes 0C. Pujara lbw b Rashid 18V. Kohli not out 49A. Rahane b Ali 1R. Ashwin c Root b Ansari 32W. Saha c&b Rashid 9R. Jadeja not out 32Extras 0Total (for 6 wickets, 52.3 overs) 172Fall of wickets: 1-0 G. Gambhir,2-47 C. Pujara,3-68 M. Vijay,4-71 A. Rahane,5-118 R. Ashwin,6-132 W. SahaDid not bat: M. Shami, U. Yadav, A. MishraBowling: S. Broad 3 – 2 – 8 – 0,C. Woakes 4 – 1 – 6 – 1, Z. Ansari 8 – 1 – 41 – 1,M. Ali 19 – 5 – 47 – 1, A. Rashid 14.3 – 1 – 64 – 3,B. Stokes 2 – 1 – 1 – 0, J. Root 2 – 0 – 5 – 0.
BY THE LOWER ROSSES MAYOR: Naomh Muire GAA Club honours – The great Bruce Springsteen song “We take care of our own” was what it was like last night as the Chairman made two inspired choices in Club Guest and Hall of Fame recipient at the Dinner Dance and Awards Night.BBC journalist Kevin Sharkey was the Club Guest and it was great to see Kevin back in full flow remembering days of the past but likewise looking at where it is all heading hopefully.Kevin was deeply involved in the Club as secretary in the early years and although his playing career was… lets say mixed….with Kevin himself jokingly referring to being called ashore in a match in Gweedore…Kevin always gave his all off the field and often took one for the team when other Clubs tried to, at times, scupper our existence. Great seeing you as a deserved Guest of Honour a Caoimhín. Jimmy Doherty was this years Hall of Fame winner and boy what a deserving man. This page is too short to outline Jimmy’s contribution both on the sideline as Bainisteoir and off it in developing the facilities on view today.Jimmy gave the Club his all taking us to Division one, Intermediate Champions, Senior Championship football and acted as Chairman and Club Uachtarán. A humble man who has achieved much in his life and it was great to see Jimmy on the stage last night receiving this great Honour. Although he has returned to the quieter game of golf “far from the madding crowd”…Jimmy is still around us in the oft heated GAA scene.Congratulations Jimmy Doherty and most richly deserved.Two great men belonging to a Great Club…..”we take care of our own” PICTURES BRID SWEENEY PICTURE SPECIAL: BBC’S KEVIN RETURNS TO HIS ROSSES ROOTS ON NIGHT OF CELEBRATION FOR NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL: BBC’S KEVIN RETURNS TO HIS ROSSES ROOTS ON NIGHT OF CELEBRATION FOR NAOMH MHUIRE read more