5th Test, Day 3 Report: India vs England at The Oval
London, Sep 10 - Playing in his final Test, Alastair Cook looked solid and helped England take the upper hand in the fifth and final rubber against India despite Ravindra Jadeja's batting heroics, at the end of day 3 here on Sunday. SCORECARD
At close of play, Cook was unbeaten on 46 runs in his last international innings as England reached 114/2. Captain Joe Root (29 batting) was at the crease alongwith the veteran southpaw as the pair put on 52 runs for the third wicket to help the hosts take a 154-run lead.
Earlier, all-rounder Jadeja, coming back into the fold, remained unbeaten on 86 while debutant Hanuma Vihari scored 56 to help the tourists trim the lead to 40 after resuming the day on 174/6.
India posted 292 in reply to England's first innings total of 332.
In the third and final session, Cook and Keaton Jennings (10) stretched their opening partnership to 27. Things did not work for India as they spurned two reviews on the openers within three overs after the break.
On both occasions, Jadeja (1/36) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant were at fault for asking skipper Virat Kohli to go for the reviews, despite the ball missing the off-stump.
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