India lost the fifth and final test for 118 races at The Oval, London as hosts. England completed a 4-1 series. However, there were many positive aspects to Indian cricket despite the crushing defeat. Hanuma Vihari impressed in the debut, the solid performance of Ravindra Jadeja with the bat and the ball, the twinkling century of KL Rahul and the virgin Test 100 of Rishabh Pant. Pant showed that India could have finally found a replacement for MS Dhoni behind the stumps. The 20-year-old's blow also helped him enter the record books, as he became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in the fourth chance of a Test.
The previous best for an Indian wicketkeeper in the fourth possibility was an undefeated 76 of former Indian captain MS Dhoni, also against England in 2007.
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Pant and Rahul added 204 runs for the sixth wicket to raise hopes of an improbable victory, however, Adil Rashid eliminated both in quick succession to end the Indian resistance.
Pant had come in for a bit of fanatics for his poor gauntlet in the final test, but more than compensated with the bat in hand. He hit 15 fours and four huge sixes and such was his domain that even Rahul, who was shooting with all the cylinders, dropped the anchor allowing Pant to let go while throwing himself into the duo of Rashid and Moeen Ali in England.
Pant made muscles with the ball through the gaps while England attacked the set field and forced them to enter a defensive mentality while they obtained free races.
When the final session began, India needed 166 runs in 32 overs and there were serious hopes of an amazing victory. India was very close to chasing 438 in the Oval in 1979 and Pant-Rahul was dreaming big.
But Rashid had other ideas. England's spinner produced, arguably, the ball in the test series, which he threw over the rough in the leg and cut Rahul's bail. In his next performance, Pant tried to persuade Rashid to give him another maximum but only managed to give Moeen Ali an easy catch.