In the ongoing fifth test between India and England, team England had selected to bat first and have settled for 198/7 in 90 overs. England managed to read 332 runs even after losing wickets earlier. India then scored 292 runs.
Playing the final innings of his illustrious Test career, Alastair Cook (46*) continued to build England's lead as he, along with captain Joe Root, led the hosts to 114/2 at stumps, with a lead of 154 runs against India on the third day of the fifth and final Test of the five-match series at The Oval.
At end of the play, he had put on 52 runs for the third wicket with skipper Joe Root (29) as England took a 154-run lead.
Post-tea, Cook and Keaton Jennings (10) extended their opening partnership to 27. It wasn't a frustrating stand yet, but it became quickly so for India as they wasted both reviews on the openers within three overs after the break.
On both occasions, Ravindra Jadeja (1/36) and keeper Rishabh Pant convinced skipper Virat Kohli to go for the reviews, despite the ball missing the off-stump. Mohammed Shami (1/32) then bowled Jennings in the 13th over.
India had the match ball changed on two occasions thereafter, as Cook and Root played out the remaining overs without much ado and bringing up their 50-standoff 80 balls. The score crossed 100 in the 38th over as the hosts assumed a commanding position in this Test.
This was after Jadeja scored 86 not out as India finished their first innings at 292 (95 overs), conceding a 40-run lead. The left-hander faced 156 balls and hit 11 fours as well as a six, narrowing the gap between the two teams.
Post lunch, India tried to extend their innings as long as possible. Ishant Sharma (4) though fell in the fourth over after the break, caught behind off Moeen Ali (2/50).
At the other end, Adil Rashid (1/19) dismissed Mohammed Shami (1) who again tried to hit out instead of putting a price on his wicket.
Jasprit Bumrah (0) did just that and batted out 14 deliveries, which allowed Jadeja to smash the ball around. In doing so, he put on 32 runs for the tenth and final wicket.
Kohli on Saturday completed his 18000 international runs and became the quickest to do so by overtaking legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara. The Indian skipper has achieved this feat in 382 innings while Lara took 411 innings to complete 18000 runs. Another cricket legend and Kohli's idol Sachin Tendulkar took 412 innings to do the same.
Currently, England is leading by 154 runs against India. In the series, England is leading 3-1 to India.
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