England were forced to settle for a draw after giving India a scare in the final session of the first Test, reducing the hosts to 172-6 at the close.
Win, lose or draw, I thought effort-wise that’s probably the best performance we’ve had since I’ve been with the team.Trevor Bayliss, England Head Coach
Alastair Cook had earlier gone to his 30th Test century after Haseeb Hameed fell 18 short of a debut ton before England declared on 260-3, setting India 310 to win in 49 overs.
Set 310 from a minimum of 49 overs, India slumped to 71-4 with at least 25 left, but were steadied by Virat Kohli (49 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha fell in the space of 16 balls, before Ravi Jadeja joined Kohli to take India to 172-6.
England dictated most of the Test
England, heavy underdogs at the start of the series, will travel east buoyed by this performance. They dictated the terms for most of the Test and, in the end, world number ones India were hanging on. England proved to India and, perhaps more importantly, to themselves, that they could challenge in this series.
In India, if you get 530 like we did then you’re always in the game. I am really proud of the lads, we were relentless with the ball and we didn’t let India score quickly. To keep them to 480, I thought we played really well.Alastair Cook, England Captain
Alastair Cook made his sixth hundred against India and fifth in India, the most by any visiting batsman. Cook and Hasseb Hameed shared a partnership of 180, an England record first-wicket partnership for a Test in India, beating the 178 shared by Graeme Fowler and Tim Robinson in 1985.
In making 537, England became the first visiting team to claim a first-innings lead in India for four years, their spinners outbowled India’s and Hameed may have ended the long search for an opener to partner Cook.
Bayliss was particularly high in his praise for new opening batsman Haseeb Hameed. The 19-year-old debutant scored more than 100 runs in the match and evoked in Bayliss some of the same characteristics of Kumar Sangakkara, who he worked with during his time as Sri Lanka coach.
The second of the five Tests begins in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
UK’s first ever day/night Test at Edgbaston
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