Lokesh Rahul marked a good century and stabilized the second entry of India © AFP
India's initial hitter, KL Rahul, scored his fifth century of Test in the fifth and final Test between India and England on Tuesday at The Oval. KL Rahul remained firm when the highest order in India could not accumulate races. After missing half a century in the first chance, KL Rahul resisted the attack of England in India's massive pursuit of 464 races for the Test. With his century, KL Rahul is now second on the list of Indian hitters who have the highest scores as starters in the fourth chance in England. The legend Sunil Gavaskar leads the table of his 221 in The Oval in 1979. Chetan Chauhan is third on the list for his 80 in The Oval in 1979.
India was fighting on the fourth day when they were three down for two races. Shikhar Dhawan (1), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and captain Virat Kohli (0) all succumbed to the bowlers of England. It was Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane (37) who sewed a society of 117 runs for the fourth shutter.
Rahul hit 17 fours and a solitaire of six en route his century. Rahane ably supported him and unfortunately he lost his fifties after being fired by Moeen Ali.
Earlier in the fourth day, England starter Alastair Cook (147) set a good century with captain Joe Root (125) to pile up pressure on India. The duo crushed the Indian bowling and subjected them to a position of 259 runs. Courtesy of the two hundred by the old and current captain, England declared his second chance in 423/8 with a massive goal of 464 for the Indians.