5th Test: Can India avoid defeat on Day 5?
September 11, 2018  15:14

India face an embarrassing defeat after Alastair Cook's fairytale farewell knock and Joe Root's classy hundred enabled England to pile more misery on the visitors on Monday. 

Cook scored a dogged 147 off 286 balls in his final innings while skipper Root roared back to form with a stylish 125, his first hundred in 28 innings, as the duo ground the Indian bowling into submission with a 259-run stand. 

Courtesy the twin hundreds by the former and current skipper, England declared their second innings on 423-8 and set the Indians a massive target of 464. 

Deflated after fielding for over 112 overs, India's wobbly top-order once again faltered. Shikhar Dhawan (1), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Virat Kohli (0) were dismissed in quick succession as the tourists ended the day on 58 for 3.  

With 406 runs required on the final day and seven wickets in hand, an embarrassing 1-4 series defeat looks imminent for India as of now.
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