After a humongous partnership for the third wicket, England lost three quick wickets. Alastair Cook and Joe Root were splendid as they have peeled off runs at over 4 runs per over. Both notched up centuries against a deflated Indian attack. India were without Ishant Sharma and they leaked runs. Alastair Cook’s final test innings came to a close when he was dismissed having scored a fairytale 147 while Hanuma Vihari took two crucial wickets for India.
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Stokes on the offensive
Two boundaries for Ben Stokes and it looks like England are looking to accelerate right now. The lead has now crossed 420 and declaration cannot be far away. England 384 for the loss of six wickets.
Recap of Day 4
Alastair Cook made 147 in his final Test innings before international retirement and England captain Joe Root 125, with the pair putting on 259 for the third wicket.
Both Root and Cook fell in successive balls to become debutant part-time off-spinner Hanuma Vihari’s first Test wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja to begin proceedings in the final session of Day 4 and it remains to be seen how long England will bat here. With 406 runs lead, they are comfortably placed in this game and India will have to produce something special to hope for any positive result in this game. England 366/6
Tea: England bossing the game
India got the wickets, England got the runs, but when will England get done with their innings and ask India to bat?
One hour after tea?
Easy runs, easy wickets. Jadeja tossed one wide on off stump, Buttler looked to hoick it across the line, edges it and Shami takes the catch at backward point
Shami gets rid of Bairstow
Lovely ball with the new ball. Lands it on a length and then it comes back in, Bairstow looks to drive on the up, ball kisses the edge and then crashes into the stumps
5 penalty runs
Lovely length ball by Shami, pitched and decked back in, cut Bairstow in half, but then Pant fumbles and the ball lands on the helmet behind him.
Just not been India’s day, has it?
Bairstow, Stokes look to tee off
The stage is set for an hour of absolute carnage and both Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are capable enough to rub the Indian attack even more.
And Cook departs, for one final time
Hanuma Vihari gets rid of Alastair Cook, one final time, one final walk back to the pavilion. What a superb effort, 147 runs and he is dismissed attempting to cut a ball, but feathers it back to Pant.
Every Indian player rushes up to Cook and congratulates him on a fantastic career.
Yes, read this right. Vihari tosses on up, Root goes for the slog sweep, but finds Hardik Pandya in the deep and this stand has been broken.
Wow, the ball starts to grip and turn
This must be pleasing for Root and the England spinners. There are enough rough patches on the pitch and the ball has started to grip and explode.
Drinks: Lead now 350
Their partnership is worth 248*, with England now leading by 351 runs on 311/2.
Let the declaration debate begin… how long, Joe?
Going through the motions
It has been a long arduous tour and India have played their part, but this day is just not one of the them. The bowlers have given it their all, but now look rather tepid. England having an absolute party today.
Too easy for Cook
Short and wide from Jadeja, not for the first time today, Cook just rocks back and plunders it past short cover. The ball races along the turf, England are stamping themselves all over this match.
Century for Root
It was not a very good series for the England captain, but he has cashed in today against a rather hapless Indian attack under bright blue skies and on a flat pitch
India look to drag the game
Wow, Jadeja is bowling from over the wicket and then Shami gets an edge but Pujara drops it in the slips. Pant was diving across. Just the way the day has been for India.
Action resumes after lunch
Out comes Alastair Cook and Joe Root as Oval rise and applaud again.
What a position to be in for England, what a day for Cook. And Joe Root is on 92, he is nearing his century too.
Lunch on Day 4
What a morning for England it has been. It could not have been scripted any better for the hosts. Cook getting to his century, Joe Root motoring along.
India just going through the motions. More toil is in store
Stunning day for Cook
He is only the fifth player to score a century in his first and last Test match.
That and many other records were tossed by the wayside. Give it a read.
Cook scores the CENTURY
What a legend. He scored a century in his first and now in his last match.
The crowd stand up and cheer. This is a fairytale ending and the man deserved it, the cheers go on and on. What a player and what a befitting way to bow out
One can sense the tension
It was a good over there by Ravindra Jadeja, Cook looked in a bit of trouble, but he is still there. Oh, so close to the century. There is that buzz in the air… the air of anticipation
England race along
Joe Root has flicked the limited overs switch on as runs come flying for England. For Kohli, there is neither any hope of a wicket as of now. No pressure at all on the batsmen.
Vihari to bowl
It is getting desperate for India now and in comes Hanuma Vihari to have a bowl. Jadeja is given a break. Joe Root will not mind this
Root goes BANG
Show of intent and some. Out comes the England captain, close enough to the pitch of the ball and then biffs it clean over the bowler and over the ropes. England looking to drill India, and they are making a statement
Cook goes past Sangakkara
With 12,401 runs, Cook is now the fifth highest run-scorer in Test history.
He overtakes Kumar Sangakkara to be the top-scoring left-hander ever.
100-run partnership up
It has been a bumper morning for England so far. Alastair Cook and Joe Root bring up the 100-run partnership for the third wicket.
Where is the wicket coming from for India?
Root on the move
Two sweeps and two boundaries for the England captain. The ball was outside the off stump and it allowed Root to get down low and sweep it away through square leg. The lead swells for England. This is going south for India, and it is going there very rapidly
Ishant not on the field
The fast bowler has sprained his ankle and is currently being assessed by the physio. He bowled the first over and then has not been in action ever since.
Good probing line, but no wickets
Bumrah is back to mixing his lengths but Root is equal to the task so far. There is a bit of needle between the two players, but England are not blinking just yet.
Barrage of bouncers from Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah has been banging in the ball short today but has managed to threaten on a couple of occasions. Both Cook and Root are looking relatively safe at the moment.
Rapid start by England
Both Cook and Root are looking to press on and are looking to score runs here. India need to control the flow of runs if they are not getting wickets.
50 for Cook
Ball angled in, on his hips and Cook tucks it away through square leg, well, it has been his bread and butter stroke right through. Warm applause as he gets to his half-century.
Testing first over by Ishant
It has been the template right through the series. Ishant Sharma has been on the money from the word go and has been posing questions to the batsmen. He needs few wickets today.
Cook marches out
Thunderous applause greets the former England captain. He is unbeaten on 46 and would not mind a century, would he?
India have all the running to do
No reviews left
India exhausted their reviews after only 12 overs. The bowlers have had very little luck so far and They will be hoping that umpires don’t make any blunders and if they do then they are in their favour.
Interesting morning ahead
England are effectively 154/2 at the start of the day, Root and Cook have already added 52 runs for the third wicket and Root especially has looked aggressive. Interesting to see what approach England take on day 4. Do England want 4-1 that badly or are they happy with the things the way they are.
Interesting stat alert
KL Rahul, who has 13 catches to his name this series, needs to take three more catches to overhaul the record of most catches claimed in a single series. With England still having eight wickets in the bag, there is a high chance that Rahul could make the record his own.
Kohli’s DRS blues continue
England came out to bat in the second innings and Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has often fumbled around with DRS, wasted two referrals in a matter of 12 overs. Well, and those calls were not even marginal!
Now, former England captain Michael Vaughan is not entirely impressed with Kohli and has even called him the worst captain to use DRS. This is what Vaughan said.
How Vihari calmed his nerves?
It was a jittery start for Hanuma Vihari when he came out to bat on day 2. The ball was hooping around, and he was lucky to survive. But then he dug in to notch up a 50 on day 3 and thanks Virat Kohli for helping him out. He also conceded that he spoke with Rahul Dravid and this helped him calm down.
Memorable return for Jadeja
There was never a doubt over Jadeja, the left-arm spinner, but as a batsman, he showed the world what he is capable of. It was a stunning effort by the all-rounder who not only displayed amicable resistance when the day started, but shielded the tail brilliantly and dragged India close to England.
However, it will be a test for him once again, this time with the ball on a wearing pitch against the England batsmen.
Hello and welcome
It was an attritional day of Test cricket on Day 3 and England hold the edge at the moment. The Indian bowlers were disciplined, but could not get the desired results. However, the focus will all be on Alastair Cook who will take his final march as a Test batsman for England. He is unbeaten on 46 and would hope to bow out with a memorable century. Well, the Indian bowlers have all the running to do.