India lost a memorable Oval test by 118-runs last evening — a match that will be forever remembered as the farewell of England’s most-capped test player and run scorer Alastair Cook. England cricket team gave Alastair Cook a perfect farewell as they beat India 4-1 in the five-match Test series in England by winning the fifth and final Test.
Opener KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant both scored centuries to hold up England’s victory charge but it was not enough to get the visitors a win in the last Test of the five-match series. Pant along with Rahul tried to save India from losing but their heroics went in vain as India lost Alastair Cook’s farewell Test match. Pant came to bat when India were struggling at 121 runs for the loss of five wickets. The 20-year old became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century in England.
England overcame a spirited fightback from India on the final day after KL Rahul and Pant denied the hosts for nearly two sessions. The resistance finally broke in the final session as England bowled out India for 345 while defending a mammoth 464 runs.
Rahul played a magnificent knock of 149 and added 204 runs for the sixth wicket with Pant, who slammed 114. But they fell within a few overs of each other with Adil Rashid sending back both batsmen to trigger the final collapse for India.
Ravindra Jadeja tried his best to bat out the remaining overs but could only manage to play out 46 balls for 13 runs as Sam Curran and James Anderson removed the tail-enders to trigger emotional celebrations in Alastair Cook’s final Test match.
Defeated India skipper Virat Kohli took some comfort from a 4-1 drubbing in England, saying the series had revived test cricket. Kohli, who averaged 59 in the five tests, scoring two centuries, said his team did him proud, picking out Rahul and Pant for special praise.
“Credit has to go to both those young guys for stepping up on this stage. From three wickets down, it take guts,” he said.”That was an example of two guys not giving up and entertaining the crowd.