On the day 1 of the fifth Test between England and India at the Kennington Oval in India, the visitors fought back to down the hosts to 198 for 7 as the Joe Root-led side collapsed after a bright start by the openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma scalped three wickets after Jasprit Bumrah sent Alastair Cook and Joe Root packing in a single over.
Alastair Cook, who is playing his final Test played a beautiful knock of 71 runs before Bumrah’s sharp inswinger got the better of him. After Cook’s departure, the floodgates were open as the hosts lost six wickets for 58 runs post tea to collapse from 133-1 to 181-7.
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Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali slowed the downfall as they put on 37 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. Ali scored his 13th half-century on day 1.
Scorecard of England 1st Innings:
Alastair Cook b Bumrah 71
Keaton Jennings c Rahul b Jadeja 23
Moeen Ali c Pant b Sharma 50
Joe Root lbw b Bumrah 0
Jonny Bairstow c Pant b Sharma 0
Ben Stokes lbw b Jadeja 11
Jos Buttler not out 11
SM Curran c Pant b Sharma 0
AU Rashid not out 4
Extras (B-25, LB-3) 28
Total (For 7 wicket, 90 overs) 198
Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-133, 3-133, 4-134, 5-171, 6-177, 7-181.
England have already sealed the series with an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.