India vs England 5th Test Kennington Oval: Like most days in the English summer, Day 4 of the 5th Test at Kennington Oval was also dominated by the hosts. Not only did Alastair Cook sign off with his 33rd Test century, but English skipper Joe Root who was not among the runs, also came good as he slammed his 14th ton. It was also the first time that a side scored 400+ runs in an innings. England scored 423/8 before asking India to bat needing a daunting target of 464 to win.
With a win out of the question, India got off to a dreadful start, losing Dhawan, Pujara and Kohli in quick succession. Kohli, who has been in phenomenal touch throughout the series, for a change was dismissed for a golden duck. It seemed the Indian top-order suffered from lack of motivation as there was nothing to win and all to lose. Also, heavy-reliance on Kohli backfired. Kohli got 593 runs in the series and no other Indian got even half of that.
Meanwhile, Cook pipped Kumar Sangakkara to get among the top five all-time run-getter in Tests. He also became the only southpaw in the top five. Surprisingly, while all the Indians were disappointing, debutant Hanuma Vihari picked up the prized scalp of Cook and Root of consecutive balls. He finished with three wickets apart from scoring 56.
What India can now realistically look at is saving the Test, which looks very difficult. KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane is unbeaten overnight as India are 58/3 needing 406 still to get, can they save the Test and the blushes?