India vs England 5th Test Day 3 Kenington Oval Report: Vihari (56) and Ravindra Jadeja (86*) took India close to wiping out the deficit but fell 40 runs short. Jadeja was left stranded on 86* as he was nearing his maiden Test ton after scalping four wickets. Moeen Ali got the big wicket of debutant Vihari as a floater got nicked to Bairstow and brought an end to a valuable 77-run partnership and more importantly ended his dream debut.
Cook and Jennings started steadily as they were lucky to keep getting beaten without the ball getting the edge. India was unlucky as they wasted both their reviews in under 12 overs, that set them on the backfoot. It was Shami who was finally rewarded for some good bowling as he got rid of Keaton Jennings, who was bowled as he did not offer a shot. Jennings departed for 23. That did not bother Cook, who is on his farewell Test, the former English captain then continued to fight on with Moeen Ali, who was lucky to have been dropped by KL Rahul on 14. Eventually, Ali departed of a square-turning ball from Ravindra Jadeja. Ali scored 20 runs.
Cook and Root stayed unbeaten at the crease at the end of Day 3. England is in the driver’s seat, they lead by 154 runs. More importantly for England, their superstar Cook is still in the middle. Cook is unbeaten on 46 and Root is on 29. Lots to look forward to tomorrow from an English point of view.