India vs England 5th Test Kenington Oval: Alastair Cook becomes only the second Test player in the world to score a fifty in his debut Test innings and his last innings. It was a trademark tuck off his hips to reach his 58th Test century. Cook now joins former South African cricketer Bruce Mitchell to this feat. Cook had hit a century in his first Test against India and now in his final Test, he scored a brilliant 71 in the first innings and his unbeaten on 50+ in the second innings.
Not just that, he is now the sixth Englishman to score half-centuries in both the innings of their last Test.
In the second innings with a lead of 40 runs, Cook and Jennings got off to a steady start 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.