India saw a disappointing loss after Alastair Cook's farewell fairytale coup and Joe Root's class allowed England to accumulate more misery in visitors on the penultimate day of the fifth test. Cook made 147 catches in 286 balls in his last shot, while captain Root roared to form an elegant 125, his first hundred in 28 innings, while the duo ground Indian bowls to subdue them with a stand 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. (LIVE SCANNER)
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Live updates between India vs England, 5th Test, Day 5, directly from The Oval, London
2:45 PM IST: Hello and welcome to live match updates on Day 5 of the 5th and last Test between India and England.
Deflated after fielding for more than 112 overs, India's staggering top returned to stagger with Shikhar Dhawan (1), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Virat Kohli (0) expelled in quick succession with an end-of-day score of 58 for three. With 406 runs 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 hit 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.