Tue, 11 September 2018
5th Test: England win by 118 runs; take series 4-1

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India lost the fifth and final Test against England by 118 runs despite heroic resistance from KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, bringing the curtains down on a tour which started as a golden opportunity but ended in a saga of disappointments.

England won the series by a comprehensive 4-1 margin after India were bowled out for 345 in pursuit of mammoth target of 464. 

Making amends for a below-par show in the preceding Tests, Rahul (149 off 224 balls) and Pant (114 off 146 balls) sang the redemption song with attractive centuries to raise visions of an improbable victory before Adil Rashid (2/63 in 15 overs) dashed their hopes with a twin blow.
22:05   5th Test: England win by 118 runs; take series 4-1

Anderson has trumped McGrath.

England beat India by 118 runs to wrap up five-Test series 4-1.
22:01   5th Test: England win by 118 runs

Anderson has done it. He has done it in style! He bowled Shami.

England won by 118 runs. The hosts thus won the series 4-1
21:55   5th Test: Curran strikes again, India nine down

Anderson's wait gets longer. Jadeja breathing a sigh of relief.

But it's not for long. Curran sends Jadeja back with a full length. Jadeja clips into Bairstow's mitts. 

India 345-9.
21:46   5th Test: Sharma departs, India eight down

India 336-8(92 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Now just the 18 overs to go.. The new ball has been taken. Anderson goes round to Jadeja. Just one off that over.

Sam Curran replaces Rashid. And bags Sharma's wicket. Given caught at the wicket. He asks for a review but Sharma has to walk back scoring five runs.

India 334-7(90 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Eighteen overs left in the day. 

Six England players surround Sharma. Maiden from Rashid. The pressure is building.

Sharma picks the googly from Rashid and sends it to the ropes.
21:16   5th Test: Rashid strikes again, India in turmoil

Will Anderson be stuck on 563 Test wickets? He needs just one wicket but Rashid could clean up the tail. 

Maiden from Anderson, Rashid to bowl to Ishant Sharma.
21:11   5th Test: Rashid strikes again, Pant departs for 114

No boomerangs from Rashid but still a wicket! Pant lofting a googly to Moeen Ali at long-off and taken! 

Pant departs for 114, India 328-7
21:04   5th Test: Rashid strikes, India lose Rahul

Rahul has his stumps clipped by Rashid. He is gone for 149. India 325-6
20:42   5th Test: India cross 300 runs

India 316-5 (78 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Rashid to continue bowling. After some defending, Pant hits Rashid for a straight six. Good over for India as they amass seven runs.

Pant sends Anderson delivery for a single. Now, Rahul steals a single.

India have done well from 2-3! Need 148 runs to win.

India were 298 for five in their second innings while chasing a mammoth 464-run target at tea on the final day of the fifth cricket Test against England.

KL Rahul was batting on 142, while giving him company was Rishabh Pant on 101 at the break.

India still require 166 runs for an improbable win with five wickets in hand.
20:27   5th Test: Rahul, Pant hit unbeaten tons; India 298-5 at tea

Anderson bowls the final over before tea and Rahul defends it well again.

What a session it has been for the visitors! It has added to their hopes of leaving the tour with a win.

Rahul and Pant have been exceptional. Time for tea!
20:09   5th Test: Rishabh Pant slams century!

India 298-5 (74 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Pant is taking time to reach his century. He has slowed in his 90s. Batting on 95 now. 

Happy to take a single off Rashid.

What a way to hit his first Test hundred. Hits it out in the stands for a six!

India 290-5 (72 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Anderson is back in the attack. He just needs one more wicket to become the all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket. 

Four leg byes bring up the 150 run partnership for Rahul and Pant. Pant edges the ball through the vacant third time region for his 13th four of a very fine innings so far. 

Pant sends Broad's last ball of the over for another boundary. 

Anderson sends down a maiden and Rahul defends well. India can sniff victory. 182 runs needed to win. 

Rashid is back in attack and Pant whacks the ball over midwicket for a huge six.
19:47   5th Test: Rahul, Pant keep England at bay

India 270-5 (68 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Stokes continues at the rather windy Oval under pretty dark skies.  

16 overs left before the new ball and 44 left in the day. It may be a decent batting pitch but there is definitely going to be an entertaining battle. 

Pant gets on top of the ball and strokes it away for a single to bring up India's 250. Cook goes off the field at the end of the over and there is another applause. 

Root keeps on going as do the Indian pair, three more singles come from the over.

In the next over Pant smacks Stokes through point for four. 

So Close! Broad is back and he is close to having Rahul caught and only evades the fielders in the covers. Great over from the seamer! Broad is still holding his side, having injured his rib on Monday. 
19:13   5th Test: Rishabh Pant slams fifty

India 242-5 (62 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Pant gets to a maiden fifty as Stokes bowls short outside off. Pant punches it away for a single. 

The half century will give the young wicketkeeper a lot of confidence. Gets a pat on the back from Rahul too. 

Time for drinks after another good hour for India.

India 231-5 (60 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

The change in the bowling attack seems to have worked. Runs which very flowing freely have almost come to an end now. Stokes just gives two runs from his over. 

England captain does well in his second over too. But a misfield gives away four runs.

Scoreboard is not changing the way India wants it. Just two off that over from Ben Stokes. 

Root bowls well. He beats Pant. Just one run from that over.
18:50   5th Test: Rahul, Pant keep England at bay

India 221-5 (56 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Pant laces Moeen through the covers for another boundary. Rahul ends the expensive over with a powerful whack down the ground for four more. 

Not much luck for the spinners so Stokes comes back. Pant finds a gap to pick up his sixth four of the day. He is inching closer to his half century. It brings up the 100-run partnership for the sixth-wicket pair off just 109 balls. 

Root brings himself on. Maiden over!
18:38   5th Test: India cross 200 runs

India 204-5 (53 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

The ball is turning now. Pant scores a boundary but England has plenty of hope that they'll be given an opportunity to end this match sooner. 

Pant and Rahul giving the start after lunch India would have wanted.  

Not much seems to be worrying these two Indians at the moment as they go about their business with ease.  

And that brings up 200 runs for India.
18:23   5th Test: Rahul, Pant keep England at bay

India 182-5 (48 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Moeen Ali starts the post lunch session. Three runs off that over. Good start by the spinner. 

Root hands over the ball to Rashid now. Pant ends the over by sending the ball to the ropes. 

Rahul and Pant rotating the strike well. Five from the over from Moeen Ali. 

Another decent partnership building here. India need 282 to win.
17:36   Rahul slams century; India 167-5 at lunch

India 167-5 (45 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

KL Rahul strokes his way to an unbeaten century to keep India afloat on Day 5 of the fifth and final Test against England at Oval on Tuesday.

Rahul slammed 108 from 126 balls, laced with 17 fours and a six, to take India to 167 for five after they were set a huge 464 for victory.

Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 12 at the lunch interval.

India lost two wickets in the morning session with Ajinkya Rahane caught on the leg side off Moeen Ali for 37, while debutant Hanuma Vihari was caught behind off Ben Stokes for a duck.

India need another 297 runs for victory in the last two sessions, which is highly unlikely but they would be hoping that Rahul can bat out another session and keep their hopes of forcing a draw.

India 167-5 (45 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Pant turns Moeen on the leg side for two runs before he defends the rest of the over.

An aggressive century from Rahul and he continues to attack as he pulls Stokes for another four and then takes one.

Pant blocks four balls in a row before he comes down and lofts Moeen down the ground over long-on for a six, though he was not fully in control of the shot.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid to bowl the final over of the morning session. Rahul takes a single from the second ball to deep point. Pant gets his front foot across and looks to sweep but fails to connect.

He threatens to come down but Rashid does well to bowl the quicker one which he blocks out.

Rashid tries the googly which is halfway down as Pant tries the pull but the ball stays low to beat him and he blocks the last ball to end the session.
17:24   Rahul slams century!

India 152-5 (41 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Rahul is again hit on the pads as he attempts the sweep but umpire Dharmasena turns down the leg before appeal before he takes a single to get off strike.

Rishabh Pant is beaten by Moeen, who gets the ball to turn past the left-hander's outside edge. But the next ball as he pulls it through square leg for a boundary to get off the mark.

Stokes tries a short ball at Rahul which ducks under it and defends the next on the leg side before taking a single off the last ball.

In the next over, Rahul reverse sweeps Moeen for a boundary to take his score into the 80s. He then hits the conventional sweep off the next ball for another four through square leg before again playing the reverse but this time just for a single to deep point.

Rahul continues his attack mode as he makes room and clobbers a short ball over the covers for a six as he races into the 90s.

Stokes tries another short ball as Rahul swats it to fine leg for another four and completes his century with another boundary off the last ball, from just 118 balls.
17:01   Vihari out for a duck; India in trouble

India 121-5 (37 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Ben Stokes comes into the attack. He starts with a short ball which Rahul guides to the vacant second slip region for a single.

Stokes then strikes with the wicket of Vihari, with a brilliant delivery. He gets the short ball to kick off quite alarmingly as Vihari is unable to get his bat out of the way, to get the edge and is caught behind for a duck.

Two wickets in eight balls as India slip 121 for five in 37 overs, with Rahul not out on 74.

16:54   Rahane out for 37; India lose 4th wicket

India 120-4 (36 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Curran bowls a half-volley on the stumps which Rahane clips through square leg for a four before he punches the next through the covers for another boundary.

But he perishes in the next over. He tries to copy Rahul's sweep shot off Moeen, but ends up getting hit on the toe end of the bat and is caught at  square leg for 37.

A tame end to a promising innings as Rahane once again fails to carry on after getting off a start.

India are reduced to 120 for four in 36 overs as the young debutant Hanuma Vihari walks out to bat.
16:43   Rahul, Rahane keep England at bay

India 111-3 (34 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Rahane looks quite positive as he takes a couple of steps down the pitch and punches Curran through the covers for a four.

In the next over, Rahul comes down the track and tries a big hit on the leg side but fails to make connection.

He then shuffles across his stumps and looks to turn Moeen on the leg side but is hit on the pads. The umpire rules it not out before England take the DRS which again goes against them as the impact is outside the line of off-stump.

Rahul has taken a few chances as he has stroked his way to 62 from 89 balls, having hit 10 fours so far.

Curran gifts Rahane a full toss who steers it square on the off-side for a four to bring up India's 100, in the 33rd over.

In the next over, Rahul hits Moeen for a boundary through the covers to raise the 100-run stand from 179 balls.

Rahul pulls out of a shot very late when Moeen was about to deliver and wicketkeeper Bairstow doesn't look too impressed with his late withdrawal. He shuffles across to the next ball, sweeping the off-spinner fine for a boundary.

Moeen drops slightly short as Rahul makes room and hits the last ball through the covers for two runs to get 10 from the over.
16:28   Rahul hits fifty to keep India afloat

India 93-3 (30 ovs); Target to win: 464 | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer Sam Curran into the attack. Rahul gets a single off the third ball before Rahane is beaten twice in a row by deliveries slanted across him.

Broad tries a short which Rahul pulls to deep square leg for a single and Rahane drives the next ball through the off-side for two runs before repeating the shot off the last ball for another couple.

Curran nearly makes the breakthrough as Rahul pokes at a wide one slanted across him and is lucky that he didn't get an edge.

Moeen Ali comes back into the attack as the two Indian batsmen easily pick three singles off his fourth over.
India 84/3 (26 ovs) & 292 England 332 & 423/8d Scorecard 

Broad's father, Chris, is at The Oval to watch his son. 

The good news is that India has survived first half an hour.  

Rahane's partnership with Rahul also reached 81.

Broad bowls the next over and Rahane faces him.  

Rahane blocks an in-swinger from Broad. In fact, he blocks a few of them. 

Rahul and Rahane are doing a decent job after the exits of Dhawan, Pujara and Kohli on Monday.
15:36   5th Test: 50 comes up for KL Rahul

Rahul sends the last ball of Anderson's first over for four runs and registers his fifty. It is the first fifty for an India opener in this series.

Welcome to the coverage of Day 5 of the fifth and final Test between England and India in London on Tuesday. 

James Anderson to open the bowling for England on the fifth day.

Anderson equalled Glenn McGrath's haul of 563 Test wickets and is expected to break the record on Tuesday. Who will be is victim?
15:22   Day 4 belonged to Cook

Day 4 of the Test match belonged to England batsman Alastair Cook . 

He said could not have penned the final chapter of his Test career any better after he signed off with a memorable 147 against India at the Oval on Monday. 

Starting the day on 46 not out, the 33-year-old left-hander played with the kind of fluency that has been missing from his game this summer as he reached three figures for the 33rd time to help England score 423-8 declared.

Already his country's most-capped Test player with 161, run maker and century compiler, his final flourish with the bat took him to fifth on the all-time Test runs list with 12,472.

Cook, whose measured batting has propped up England for 12 years, was given numerous standing ovations throughout an unforgettable day for him and the 19,000 fans who crammed into the historic ground to watch his farewell knock.

"You couldn't have scripted it. Today was one of those days when you'll forever look back and think wow. It has just been a great week," Cook, whose pregnant wife and two children were supporting him from the stands, said.
15:14   5th Test: Can India avoid defeat on Day 5?

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.