India all out for 488, concede 49 run lead


Rajkot: India were bowled out for 488 on the fourth day, trailing by 49 runs against England in the first cricket Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.

For the visitors, Adil Rashid returned figures of 4/114 while fellow spinners Moeen Ali and Zafar Ansari scalped two wickets each.

Ravichandran Ashwin scored a half-century and produced a 64-run stand along with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after Indian captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane went back to the pavilion before lunch.

Ashwin scored 70 runs, studding his innings with seven boundaries.

Saha, who was caught behind off Ali’s bowling, scored 35 with two boundaries and a six.

Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav also returned to the pavilion soon after Saha’s departure.

Ashwin was then involved in another partnership of 29 runs with Mohammed Shami before Ali dismissed him to bring India’s first innings to an end.

Earlier, Kohli and Rahane ensured that the hosts started the day on a steady note.

Resuming on the overnight score of 319/4, Kohli and Rahane saw off the initial spells from England pacers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.

The duo added 30 runs between them before Rahane was bowled by left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari.

England captain Alastair Cook employed a packed field on the off-side which forced the Indian batsmen to repeatedly try to score on the onside.

The move paid rich dividends as both Rahane and Kohli departed in quick succession while trying to hit against the turn to the onside.

Rahane was dismissed while trying to work the ball to the onside against the spin. But he misjudged the length and could only watch as the ball crashed into his stumps.

THe Mumbai batsman scored 13 off 30 balls with one hit to the fence.

Kohli was also dismissed while trying to hit to the onside. The Indian captain stepped too deep inside his crease while pulling leg-spinner Adil Rashid and treaded on the stumps during the follow through.

Kohli scored 40 runs with five boundaries studding his 95-ball stay in the middle.

Ashwin and Saha then took charge in the middle and ensured that the hosts went into the lunch break without furter loss of wickets.

Brief scores:

India (First Innings): 488 (Murali Vijay 126, Cheteshwar Pujara 124, Ravichandran Ashwin 70, Virat Kohli 40; Adil Rashid 4/114) Vs England 537.


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