England vs India 5th Test Day 4: Cook signs off on a high, while Anderson equals McGrath

Alastair Cook 147 England India 5th Test Day 4 The Oval cricket

Alastair Cook is over the moon after bringing up his 33rd Test century

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England opener Alastair Cook stole the spotlight on the fourth day at The Oval as his last innings in international cricket ended in fairytale fashion, with him scoring a superb 147.

Following Cook’s magical innings and India being set a mammoth target of 464 to win, pace bowler James Anderson made history as took his 563rd wicket, which saw him equal Glenn McGrath’s record for the most wickets taken by a pace bowler in Test cricket.

Starting off the day on 114/2, Cook and captain Joe Root converted their 52-run partnership into a 259-run stand, during which both batsmen brought up their centuries.

With England cruising and their lead swelling, India tried to do everything in their power to end the partnership.

Ultimately, it was debutant Hanuma Vihari who got the much-needed breakthrough as Root was caught by substitute fielder Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket for 125, which came off 190 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.

Cook’s innings came to an end the very next ball as he was caught behind for 147, which came off 286 deliveries and included 14 boundaries.

During his knock, Cook surpassed legendary Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth-highest run-scorer in Test history.

In addition to this, Cook became only the fifth player to score a century in his first and last Tests. The other four players to have accomplished the rare feat are Bill Ponsford, Reggie Duff, Greg Chappell and Mohammad Azharuddin.

Furthermore, Cook is the only player to score a fifty and hundred in his first and last Tests.

Once Cook was gone, England lost Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler in quick succession.

Ben Stokes and Sam Curran added 41 runs to the score before Stokes was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja for a 36-ball 37.

Curran went on to score 21 before being caught behind off the bowling of Vihari.

As soon as Curran was out, England declared on 423/8, which set India a target of 464 to win.

Adil Rashid was left unbeaten on a 14-ball 20, which included three boundaries.

Vihari and Jadeja picked up three wickets apiece, while Mohammed Shami chipped in with two.

Chasing 464 to win, India were dealt a major blow on the 15th ball of their innings as opener Shikhar Dhawan was trapped lbw off the bowling of Anderson for one run.

Cheteshwar Pujara was on his way back to the pavilion three balls later as he suffered the same fate as Dhawan, which brought Anderson level with McGrath.

Things went from bad to worse for the tourists as India captain Virat Kohli was caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Broad for a golden duck.

With India reeling at 2/3, Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane ensured no more wickets were lost before stumps was called as they forged an unbeaten 56-run partnership.

Rahul finished on 46 off 51 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Rahane remained undefeated on 10 off 47 deliveries, which included a boundary.

Anderson was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Broad claimed one.

India ended day four on 58/3 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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