England vs India 5th Test Day 1: Ishant puts India on top despite Cook’s magical 71

Ishant Sharma three wickets England India 5th Test Day 1 The Oval cricket

Ishant Sharma ended the day with figures of 3-28 off 22 overs

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England opener Alastair Cook scored an entertaining 71 in his penultimate innings in international cricket, but Ishant Sharma gave India the upper hand at The Oval with his three-wicket haul.

Choosing to bat first, England made a great start to their innings as Cook, who is playing in his last match before retiring from international cricket, and Keaton Jennings amassed a 60-run partnership.

Just as England began cruising, India got the breakthrough they were looking for as Jennings was caught by Lokesh Rahul at leg slip off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 23.

Cook and Moeen Ali kept the runs flowing with a 73-run stand, during which Cook brought up his half-century.

Cook went on to score 71 off 190 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.

Once Cook was gone, India regained their confidence as Bumrah trapped captain Joe Root lbw for a duck three balls later.

Root opted to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts in the next over as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow was caught behind off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for a duck.

Ben Stokes only made 11 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Jadeja.

Moeen ended up scoring 50 off 170 deliveries, which included four boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ishant, who proceeded to remove Sam Curran in the same fashion two balls later.

Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid ensured England made it safely to stumps as they forged an unbeaten 17-run partnership.

Buttler finished on 11 off 31 balls, which included a solitary boundary, while Rashid remained undefeated on four off 25 deliveries, which also included a boundary.

Ishant was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Jadeja and Bumrah took two wickets apiece.

England ended day one on 198/7 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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