Cook & Anderson Put England In Control Of Test, After India Struggles At 58/3 In 5th Test

| September 11 , 2018 , 14:49 IST

Joe Root-led England team took a complete control over the fifth and final Test after a batting collapse saw India reeling at 58/3 at stumps on Day 4 at Kia Oval on Monday.

The English team set a victory target of 464 courtesy superlative centuries from Alastair Cook and Joe Root, on day 4 of the fifth Test.

For India, it was opener K.L. Rahul who was batting on 46 along with his fellow teammate Ajinkya Rahane (10) after James Anderson scalped Shikhar Dhawan for just 1-run and Cheteshwar Pujara on (0). Indian captain Virat Kohli was sent back for a golden duck by Stuart Broad.

With seven wickets in hand, India still needs another 406 runs to win and England requires 7 more wickets.

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Earlier, A.Cook who was playing his farewell match, cracked 147 while Root made 125 to help England declare on a score of 423/8.

For the tourists, Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari grabbed three wickets apiece.

Cook took 286 balls for a patient 147 while Root roared back with 125, his first hundred in 28 innings, as the duo put on a 259-run stand.

India's jittery top order once again flopped as Dhawan (1), Pujara (0) and Kohli (0) were dismissed in quick succession.

Anderson (2/23) equalled Glenn McGrath's 563 Test wickets and is expected to break the record on Tuesday while Broad (1/17) with 433 wickets is just one short of Kapil Dev's 434-wicket haul.

Dhawan's poor run continued as he was adjudged plumb leg before to an incoming delivery from Anderson. Pujara too fell in a similar fashion as a sharp incutter breached his defence, he wanted a DRS but was late in appealing for one.

V.Kohli, after a tremendous English summer where he scored 593 runs, finally got out for a duck as he nicked one off Broad to Jonny Bairstow, leaving India in tatters.

Brief scores: England 332 & 423/8 d (Alastair Cook 147, Joe Root 125; R. Jadeja 3/179, Hanuma Vihari 3/37); India 292 & 58/3 (K.L. Rahul 46 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 10; James Anderson 2/23).