England vs India 5th Test Day 3: Cook pushes England’s lead past 150 after Jadeja’s entertaining knock

Alastair Cook 46 not out England India 5th Test Day 2 The Oval cricket

Alastair Cook struck three boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 46

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Playing his final innings in international cricket, Alastair Cook finished unbeaten on 46 to help England amass a 154-run lead after India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja starred early on in the day.

Starting off the day on 174/6, India debutant Hanuma Vihari and Jadeja converted their 14-run partnership into a 77-run stand, during which Vihari brought up his half-century.

However, shortly after doing so, he was caught behind off the bowling of Moeen Ali for 56, which came off 124 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.

Vihari decided to review the decision, but to no avail.

Ishant Sharma only made four runs before he suffered the same fate as Vihari.

Mohammed Shami failed to have an impact as well as he was caught by Stuart Broad at long-on off the bowling of Adil Rashid for one run.

Jadeja began to up the ante after Shami’s dismissal, but he was left stranded on 86, which came off 156 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six, when Jasprit Bumrah was run out by Broad.

Thanks to Vihari and Jadeja, India managed to make 292 before being bowled out, which gave England a 40-run lead.

Moeen, Ben Stokes and James Anderson picked up two wickets apiece, while Broad, Rashid and Sam Curran chipped in with one wicket each.

With a 40-run lead in hand, England lost opener Keaton Jennings early on as he was cleaned up by Shami for 10 runs.

Moeen managed to make 20 before he was clean bowled by Jadeja.

However, that was to be India’s last taste of success for the rest of the day as Cook and England skipper Joe Root forged an unbeaten 52-run partnership before stumps was called.

Cook finished on 46 off 125 balls, which included three boundaries, while Root remained undefeated on 29, which came off 43 deliveries and included five boundaries.

Shami and Jadeja claimed one wicket each.

England ended day three on 114/2 and will continue batting on Monday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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