Ind Vs Eng 5th Test: Cook And Root Put England In Commanding Position After Leading By 154 Runs

| September 10 , 2018 , 15:12 IST

Former England Captain Alastair Cook who was playing his last Test looked solid and eventually helped the hosts to take the upper hand in the fifth and final Test against India despite Ravindra Jadeja's batting heroics, at the end of day 3 at Kia Oval on Sunday.

Cook was unbeaten on 46 runs along with English Captain Joe Root (29 batting) at the crease as the pair put on 52 runs for the third wicket to help the hosts take a 154-run lead after reaching to a score of 114/2 till stumps on Day 3.

Earlier, Indian all-rounder R.Jadeja, remained unbeaten on 86 runs while debutant Hanuma Vihari scored 56 to help the tourists trim the lead to 40 after resuming the day on 174/6.

India posted 292 in reply to England's first innings total of 332.

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In the third and final session, Cook and Keaton Jennings (10) stretched their opening partnership to 27.

India went on to lose both the reviews as Jadeja (1/36) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant were at fault for asking skipper Virat Kohli to go for the reviews, despite the ball missing the off-stump.

Soon after, Mohammed Shami (1-32) then got rid of out-of-form Jennings.

Cook and Moeen Ali (20) joined hands for a 35-run partnership for the second wicket and took England past 50.

Moeen was dropped by KL Rahul at second slip off Ishant Sharma (0/11) when he was batting on 14.

India changed the ball on two occasions but Cook and Root used their vast experience to see the final overs with aplomb bringing up their 50-runs stand off 80 balls.

The score crossed 100 in the 38th over as the hosts assumed a commanding position in this Test.

Earlier in the day, half-centuries by Vihari and Jadeja helped India get close to England's first innings total.

Vihari notched up his maiden Test half-century before edging a Moeen delivery to England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, while Jadeja's 156-ball knock brought the visitors back in the contest as India were once reeling at 160/6.

Brief scores at the end of the day- England 332 and 114/2 (Alastair Cook 46*, Joe Root 29*; Jadeja 1/36, Shami 1/32) lead by 154 runs vs India 292 (Ravindra Jadeja 86, Hanuma Vihari 56).