Live Updates, Oval Test: Rahul Slams Audacious Hundred to Keep India in Contest

 

India vs England 2018, 5th Test at Kennington Oval: Can KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane avoid the inevitable and show some fight for the visitors who will take the field for the final time on the nearly three-month-long English tourney? We will find that out today. On day four, Alastair Cook scored 147 in his final innings in company of skipper Joe Root, who was back in form with a three-figure mark as England reached 364 for 6 at tea on the penultimate day of the fifth Test. England now enjoy an overall lead of 404 runs and the 259-run stand for the third wicket between Cook and Root (125) killed the contest.
While Cook made it a memorable ending to his illustrious career with a 33rd hundred, Root scored his first hundred in 28 innings as Indian bowlers struggled in absence of an injured Ishant Sharma.
While Cook’s 286 ball knock had 14 boundaries, Root hit 12 fours and a six off 190 balls as both were dismissed off successive deliveries by debutant Hanuma Vihari (2/24).

In the post-lunch session, the duo looked to build on their partnership and further frustrate the Indian bowlers, bringing up their 200-stand off 303 balls.

Root, on 94, got a second life as Cheteshwar Pujara dropped him at first slip off Mohammed Shami (2-97) in the 77th over. He then went on to score his 14th Test hundred off 151 balls.



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