Cook holds firm in farewell Test

Monday, September 10, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Alastair Cook's typically grinding effort of 46 not out, in his final Test innings before international retirement, left England in a strong position in the fifth Test against India at the Oval yesterday.

England were 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on the third day, a lead of 154 runs, having already won this five-match series at 3-1 up.

Now Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, and captain Joe Root (29 not out) will look to pile on the agony for India when they resume their unbroken, third-wicket partnership of 52 today.

Cook, who made 71 in a first-innings 332, was now 11/4 with leading British bookmaker William Hill — making his last Test appearance with a century that would extend his England record tally of hundreds to 33.

India's Ravindra Jadeja continued an excellent return to Test cricket by starring with both bat and ball.

Jadeja, playing his first Test of the series after being recalled in place of the injured Ravichandran Ashwin, added to his haul of four first-innings wickets by top-scoring with 86 not out in an India total of 292.

England 1st Innings 332 (J Buttler 89, A
Cook 71, M Ali 50; R Jadeja 4-79, I Sharma
3-62, J Bumrah 3-89)
India 1st Innings (overnight: 174-6)
KL Rahul b Curran 37
S Dhawan lbw b Broad 3
C Pujara c Bairstow b Anderson 37
V Kohli c Root b Stokes 49
A Rahane c Cook b Anderson 0
H Vihari c Bairstow b Ali 56
R Pant c Cook b Stokes 5
R Jadeja not out 86
I Sharma c Bairstow b Ali 4
M Shami c Broad b Rashid 1
J Bumrah run out (Broad/Bairstow) 0
Extras (b4, lb10) 14
Total (all out, 95 overs, 426 mins) 292
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Dhawan), 2-70 (Rahul),
3-101 (Pujara), 4-103 (Rahane), 5-154
(Kohli), 6-160 (Pant), 7-237 (Vihari), 8-249
(Sharma), 9-260 (Shami), 10-292 (Bumrah)
Bowling: Anderson 21-7-54-2; Broad 20-6-
50-1; Stokes 16-2-56-2; Curran 11-1-49-1;
Ali 17-3-50-2; Rashid 10-2-19-1
England 2nd Innings
A Cook not out 46
K Jennings b Shami 10
M Ali b Jadeja 20
J Root not out 29
Extras (b9) 9
Total (2 wkts, 43 overs, 190 mins) 114
To bat: J Bairstow, B Stokes, J Buttler, S
Curran, A Rashid, S Broad, J Anderson
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Jennings), 2-62 (Ali)
Bowling: Bumrah 12-4-26-0; Sharma 7-3-
11-0; Shami 10-3-32-1; Jadeja 14-2-36-1
Match position: England lead by 154 runs
with eight wickets standing
Toss: England
Umpires: Joel Wilson (WIS), Kumar
Dharmasena (SRI)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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