London, September 10: Alastair Cook's final England innings ended when he was dismissed for 147 in the fifth and final Test against India at the Oval on Monday (September 10).
Cook edged debutant Hanuma Vihari to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant to bring his brilliant last knock for his country to a close. Just the previous ball, Vihari snapped the 259-run partnership with skipper Joe Root with the previous ball.
The India team subsequently gathered in the middle to applaud the left-hander as he walked back to the pavilion to a rapturous ovation from all sections of the ground.
Riding on Jos Buttler's 89 and Cook's 71, England posted a decent total of 332 in the first innings. The bowlers then reduced India to six for 160, before a late partnership with Hanuma Vihari (56) and Ravindra Jadeja (86 n.o) saw India fold for 292.
Live updates from Day 4:
And that's it! No run off that over by Moeen Ali. James Anderson and Stuart Broad get the early breakthroughs but India hang on to fight another day. India 58/3 (Rahul 46 batting, Rahane 10 batting), need 406 runs for a victory
Penultimate over of the day and Rahul gets two boundaries - one off the fine leg area and another one through the cover. India 54/3 (Rahul 46, Rahane 10)
India needed someone to put up their hands and say 'we can do this'. KL Rahul has that confidence in him now, at the fag end of the series, and keeps up the fight. India 48/3 (Rahul 37, Rahane 10) and need 416 runs more
KL Rahul fights off those initial nerves and settles down in the middle. Among the 27 runs he has got so far, five are from boundaries. India 37/3 (Rahul 27, Rahane 9) and need 427 runs more
Throughout this series, Virat Kohli has controlled himself from going for that outswinger. But after a tiring summer in England, Kohli repeats the 2014 mistake to be dismissed off the first ball. India 20/3 (Rahul 16, Rahane 3)
England lose a review. The hosts get carried away by the early wickets and go big for KL Rahul's dismissal. The replays show that the ball hit the pads and the delivery would go on to miss the wickets. India 8/3 (Rahul 7, Rahane 0)
Geez. What's happening? The Test might get over today if this continues. Virat Kohli gets a nick and is caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off Stuart Broad. India are 2/3 and need 462 to win.
2 down! Cheteshwar Pujara too is swindled by that tricky swinging delivery by James Anderson. He wants to use the DRS but the umpires say he took too long to signal the review.
And it begins. Shikhar Dhawan is caught lbw by James Anderson and goes for 1. India are 1/1 and have to survive for more than a day in this Test
Alastair Cook on Sept 10, 2018: scores 147 on final innings, stitches 259 runs with Joe Root, makes 12,472 runs in 161 Tests, crosses Kumar Sangakkar as the fifth highest rungetter, becomes the topscorer among openers and left-handers. PHEW!
England in 2nd innings: Alastair Cook 147, Joe Root 125 and the 259-run partnership between them taking them to an imposing total. India have to bat for more than a day and try to chase 464.
DECLARED at 423/8, which means England set India a target of 464. Alastair Cook 147, Joe Root 125; Hanuma Vihari 3/37, Ravindra Jadeja 3/179. Uphill task for India in this 5th Test.
Jadeja's last two overs: 2-0-0-2-4-4, 6-0-4-w-0-1. Joe Root has clearly asked his team to get as many runs as possible before the end of the day. England 417/7, lead by 457
Five Tests, 10 innings and only now a team has crossed 400 total. England are now 407/7 (Rashid 10, Curran 15) and their lead 447.
Ouch! Stokes welcomes Hanuma Vihari to international cricket, striking him on the helmet at short leg. Hope Vihari is okay. England 375/6 (Stokes 21, Curran 10), lead by 415
Back from tea, the ball seems to be turning a lot more than usual and it's going to be difficult for the English batsmen from now on. That said, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes have surprised India before. England 375/6 (Stokes 21, Curran 10), lead by 415
India this session - four wickets, conceded 121 runs. England this session - reach 364/6, extend lead to 404 runs
India finally gain the momentum and it's all thanks to this man, Hanuma Vihari.
A fifty with the bat and the wickets of Joe Root and Alastair Cook off consecutive deliveries, @Hanumavihari is having a ball in his first Test! 👌🏻#KyaHogaIssBaar #ENGvIND LIVE on SONY SIX and SONY TEN 3. #SPNSports pic.twitter.com/JyhIZN2sVv— SPN- Sports (@SPNSportsIndia) September 10, 2018
By the way, that was Jadeja's first wicket this innings, coming in his 42nd over. Better late than never but Jadeja is lucky that the delivery is not adjudged a no-ball. England 356/6, lead by 396
And they all fall down? Bairstow is next to go as he gets an inside edge off an outswinger by Mohammed Shami. Next, Jos Buttler, who top-scored in the first innings with 89, departs for a duck. England 356/6, lead by 396
And they all fall down? Bairstow is next to go as he gets an inside edge off an outswinger by Mohammed Shami. England 356/5, lead by 396
And on his debut Test, Hanuma Vihari picks up the two most important wickets for India - those of Alastair Cook and Joe Root. What a day, right? England 334/4 (Bairstow 11, Stokes 2), lead by 374 runs
#ThankYouChef: And it comes to an end. Alastair Cook follows Joe Root to the pavilion and those are two big wickets for Hanuma Vihari. Indians join the Oval crowd in saluting the former England captain, who's playing his last Test. England are 321/4 and lead by 361 runs
OH YESSSS! Joe Root's top edge off a slog-sweep shot is picked up by substitute fielder Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket. The captain goes for 125 off Hanuma Vihari, who gets his first Test wicket.
Both these gentlemen - Alastair Cook and Joe Root - perfectly executed the sweep shot today. No fuss, no panic, just delightful to watch. Meanwhile, their partnership has reached 250 runs and England, at 314/2, have a lead of 354 runs
Also - 389 days. Before today, Joe Root scored his last century against West Indies on August 17, 2017, at Edgbaston. A long wait of 27 innings.
Fun fact - it's only the second time that Joe Root has managed a century in the second innings against any opponent. The last time this happened was way back in 2013 against Australia at Lord's, where he made 180.
While you wait for what seems like eternity for India to pick up a wicket, relish this gesture by the crowd:
India are just unable to find a breakthrough here. Allowing two English batsmen to notch up centuries has probably taken the game away but there's still hope if one of the two crumble. But the deliveries have just been predictable and feeble.
Ton-up! A quick single and Joe Root notches up his 14th Test century as England further sink India in this 5th Test. England 272/2 (Cook 118, Root 105), lead by 312 runs
We're back and things aren't looking so good for India. Joe Root was dropped for the second time, this one off Mohammed Shami. The nick seemed to be heading towards Cheteshwar Pujara and wicketkeeper Risabh Pant dives across.
And that's lunch! So far, it has been England, Alastair Cook specifically, in the first session on Day Four. He's unbeaten on 103 and has captain Joe Root for company on 92. The duo's partnership has extended England's total to 243/2 and the lead to 283 runs. No breakthrough in sight for India.
The blush on Alastair Cook's face!
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Cook becomes just the fifth man to score a century in his first and last Tests! 🙌#ENGvIND #CookRetires #ThankYouChef pic.twitter.com/vU9T4alNix
And he didn't want the spotlight to be on him...
7 - Alastair Cook has just posted his 7th Test century against India; no player has ever recorded more in Tests played out between England and India (level with Dravid & Tendulkar). Club. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/zo3FYYjmmN— OptaJim (@OptaJim) September 10, 2018
And all he can do is smile and enjoy the moment. Alastair Cook, playing his final innings in an international game, brings up a century, his 33rd, largely thanks to an overthrow that gifts him five runs. The chef won't wind though. England 230/2 (Cook 101, Root 81) and lead by 270 runs
India have deployed spinners from both the ends. Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja are hoping to induce that mistake from Joe Root and Alastair Cook, who have played flawless cricket so far. Can India get the breakthrough before lunch? England 210/2 (Cook 89, Root 77) and lead by 250 runs
So the best left-handed player clearly is.....
Cook is now the leading run-scorer amongst southpaws as well:— SPN- Sports (@SPNSportsIndia) September 10, 2018
COOK - 12403*
Sangakkara - 12400
Lara - 11953
Chanderpaul - 11867
Border - 11174
With that single off Mohammed Shami, Alastair Cook surpasses Kumar Sangakkara as the fifth highest run-getter in Tests. His stats - Mts 161, Inngs 291, Runs 12401*. Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid are ahead of him. Given that Cook is playing his last Test, it will remain that way. England 183/2 (Cook 78, Root 62) and lead by 223 runs.
Another record sent tumbling for Cook! 🙌— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 10, 2018
He becomes the fifth highest Test run scorer!
Follow over-by-over commentary and in-play clips from the fifth Test at The Oval live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event: https://t.co/f3CWReFrA4 #EngvInd #PassOnPlastic #ThankYouChef pic.twitter.com/D7azUo78D6
THUMPS UP! Joe Root has a smile on his face after bringing up his fifty with a boundary at the end of the 57th over by Mohammed Shami. It's his second fifty in the series and couldn't have come at a better time. England 168/2 (Root 52*, Cook 74) and lead 208
CHANCE! Joe Roots goes on the back-foot and the speed of the ball by Ravindra Jadeja probably catches him by surprise. He gets a thick edge and the ball drifts towards Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. But the catch is put down as Rahane fails to anticipate the edge. England 163/2 (Cook 73, Root 48*) and lead 203.
That's two boundaries in an over by Joe Root. The flight of the ball is just too tempting for the England captain, who inches closer to his fifty. Ravindra Jadeja needs to up his game. England 157/2 (Root 45*, Cook 70) and lead 197
FOUR! India piling the pressure on Alastair Cook now. They place a short leg, silly point and first slip for the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja but that's no worry for Cook. He coolly waits for the turn and cuts across for a fine boundary. ENG 141/2
Signing off on a high
6 - Only 6 previous @englandcricket players have finished their Test career with 2 scores of 50+ in their final match, K Smithies being the latest (1999) (also Vic Marks 1984, Enid Bakewell 1979, Jack Robertson 1952, Andy Sandham 1930, Jack Russell 1923). Simmering. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/UgMIS4FpyR— OptaJim (@OptaJim) September 10, 2018
Bruce Mitchell (SA), Rodney Redmond (NZ), Alastair Cook (ENG) - Only 3 players in history have scored more than 50 in both innings of their debut and final international games. Redmond though played only one Test match
FOUR! And what a way to reach your fifty! The left-hander tucks away a short ball by Jasprit Bumrah to the square leg boundary and then raises his bat to acknowledge the cheers from the crowd. The chef is really enjoying his time out there.
Ishant Sharma leads the attack on the penultimate day of the tour. Joe Root and Alastair Cook out in the middle. The crowd has filled the stadium on a Monday and you can easily guess why - #ThankYouChef
Even if the Indian bowlers do get the Englishmen out early, the outcome of the Test hinges on the way the Indian batsmen apply themselves. Throughout the series, the Indian batting line-up has disappointed and have come under fire for their lack of intent. Will Monday (and Tuesday) be any different?
Cook is closing in on a half-century in the second innnings.
After 161 Test matches, Alastair Cook prepares to bat for England for the very last time 🏏— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 10, 2018
Can he go out on a high with a 3️⃣3️⃣rd Test century?
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Welcome to MyKhel's live coverage of India's tour of England. It's the penultimate of the Test as well as the series and India will look to sign off on a high.