England vs India – 5th Test Day 5 Review: Hosts finish series on a high despite Rishabh Pant show


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England managed to give their former skipper Alastair Cook a winning farewell after wrapping up the final test match by a margin of 118 runs to secure the series 4-1. Beginning the day with 7 wickets remaining in hand, not many expected the Men In Blue to get this close.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was the first wicket to fall on the day after falling prey to Moeen Ali while debutant Hanuma Vihari was dismissed for a duck after a strong showing in the first innings.

What followed after the dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari was sublime, as KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant brought up their centuries in a record-breaking stand. The 204 run partnership was finally brought down by Adil Rashid, who dismissed Rahul for 149 with a peach of a delivery.

Sam Curran returned back to the attack to wipe out the tail to take his wickets tally for the series to an impressive 13. While the last wicket was fittingly picked up by James Anderson, who surpassed Glenn McGrath’s wicket tally to become the most successful pacer in the history of the game in terms of wickets.

Alastair Cook was adjudged as the Man Of The Match for his knocks in both the innings while Virat Kohli and Sam Curran were declared as the Man Of The Series for India and England respectively.

Brief scorecard: England 332 (Jos Buttler 89, Alastair Cook 71; Ravindra Jadeja 4-79) & 423/8 decl. (Alastair Cook 147, Joe Root 125; Hanuma Vihari 3-37) beat

India 292 (Ravindra Jadeja 86*, Hanuma Vihari 56; Moeen Ali 2-50) & 345 (KL Rahul 149, Rishabh Pant 114; James Anderson 3-45) by 118 runs

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