Deflated after fielding for more than 112 overs, India's wobbly top again stumbled with Shikhar Dhawan (1), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Virat Kohli (0) expelled in quick succession with end of day score of 58 With 406 races required on the last day and seven wickets in hand, a shameful series 1-4 defeat seems imminent for India as of now. The sneaky Jimmy Anderson (2/23) matched the wickets of Glenn McGrath with 563 Test and is expected to break the record on Tuesday, while Stuart Broad (1/17) with 433 wickets is just a short of Kapil Dev (434 wickets ).
Dhawan's poor technique was again exposed as he was awarded a plumb leg before receiving a message from Anderson. The same happens with Pujara, who received an acute disconnection that broke his defense. I wanted a DRS but it took a long time to appeal for one.
The Virat Kohli skipper, after a tremendous wintry summer in which he scored 593 runs, finally came out for a duck, as he connected one of Broad with Jonny Bairstow, leaving India in tatters. KL Rahul (46 bats) batted arrogantly and hit eight limits in the company of Ajinkya Rahane (10 bats).
However, the day certainly belonged to Cook, who scored his 33rd in his last appearance to join a select band of players that had scored a hundred in the debut and final test. He is fifth on the list after Reginal Duff, Bill Ponsford, Greg Chappell and Mohammed Azharuddin.
His 286 ball shot had 14 limits and certainly eclipsed Cook's 190-ball effort that had 12 fours and a six. His society literally killed the competition after Ishant Sharma's ankle injury had linked India further back. In the post-lunch session, the duo sought to build on their partnership and further frustrate the Indian bowlers, bringing out their 200-stand of 303 balls.
Root, in '94, got a second life as Cheteshwar Pujara knocked him down at the beginning and escaped Mohammed Shami (2-97) in the 77th final. Then he went on to score his 14th Test hundreds of 151 balls.
Thereafter, Root began to attack when England crossed 300 in the 88th inning. India was a bowler with Ishant coming out of the field due to pain in the ankle.
Hanuma Vihari (3/37) hit twice in the 95th final. First, Root holed up and Cook got trapped behind, with the starter marching towards a standing ovation and congratulations from the Indian team.
Shami then got the reward as Jonny Bairstow (18) played and Ravindra Jadeja (2-147) eliminated Jos Buttler for a duck as England seemed to score some quick runs at the sight of a statement.
Previously, hundreds of Cooks helped England to reach 243-2 at lunch. Starting at night 114-2, he first reached his half-century of 127 balls.
He and Root continued to loot races at an easy pace as 55 runs came in the first hour of play, and 129 races overall in this morning session, the best of this fifth Test.
In doing so, the duo raised their 100 ball companies when Cook began breaking records. First, in 76, he surpassed Kumar Sangakkara as the highest-scoring left-handed hitter in the history of the test cricket and will finish as the fifth leading scorer in general after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Root scored his 81-ball half-game when England crossed 200 in the 63rd round. He had been dropped in the slip by Ajinkya Rahane, in 46, against Jadeja in 56th.
The big moment came after the 70th occasion of this possibility, since an overthrow of Jasprit Bumrah (0-61) gave Cook his 33rd Test of the 210 balls, beating the Australian Steve Waugh (32). In addition, Cook became the fifth batter in the history of the test cricket to score hundreds in his first and last game, after the Australians Reggie Duff, Bill Ponsford, Greg Chappell and the Indian Mohammad Azharuddin.
In addition, this was his seventh one hundred test against India, more than any other English batter, ahead of Kevin Pietersen's six hundred. He is now also the second leading scorer in the test cricket after Ponting (2555 runs). With 15 hundreds in the second possibility in the test cricket, he also surpassed Sangakkara (14 hundreds).
India seemed to have come out of the water, especially with a strike bowler, as the duo ground them to run.
(With the PTI entries)