India vs England 5th Test Kennington Oval: It was debutant Hanuma Vihari who broke a 259-run partnership between England skipper Joe Root (125) and Alastair Cook (147) to finally bring a sense of respite for India after they were made to do some leather chasing early on in the day in the fifth Test at Kennington Oval. England was well-placed looking at declaration when Joe Root looked to slog sweep Vihari to the cow-corner, where he picked out Hardik Pandya in the deep, who had come in as a sub.
Of the very next ball, he got rid of Cook, who was in his farewell Test for 147. Cook looked to cut a ball that was a tad bit closer to his body only to find the edge and Pant made no mistake. Cook brought up his 33rd Test ton, whereas captain Root brought up his 14th Test century.
Here is how Hanuma Vihari picked the valuable wickets.
Meanwhile, former English captain Alastair Cook hit his 33rd Test century in his farewell Test and joined an elite club featuring Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Matthew Hayden and Graeme Smith for most Test hundreds by openers in Tests.
Here is the list of most hundreds by openers in Tests.
33 S Gavaskar
31 Alastair Cook
30 M Hayden
27 Graeme Smith
22 Virender Sehwag/Geoff Boycott
Cook also joined an elite list comprising of greats like Greg Chappell and Mohammed Azharuddin. Cook now becomes the fifth player in Test history to register a century in his first innings and his last Test innings.
Here is the elite list of players who have done it before Cook.
104 | 146 Reggie Duff
110 | 266 Bill Ponsford
108 | 182 Greg Chappell
110 | 102 M Azharuddin
During his innings, he also pipped Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest run-scorer in Test history and the highest run-getter as a left-hander.
At the time of filing the copy, England was in the driver’s seat at 364/6 at tea on Day 4. Curran and Stokes are at the wicket and England have a lead of 404 runs.