England give Cook victorious farewell, inflict 4-1 on India

Brief scores: England 332 (Jos Buttler 89, Alastair Cook 71, Moeen Ali 50; Ravindra Jadeja 4/79, Ishant Sharma 3/62) and 423/8 dec. (Alastair Cook 147, Joe Root 125; Hanuma Vihari 3/37) beat India 292 (Jadeja 86*, Vihari 56; Moeen 2/50, James Anderson 2/54) and 345 (KL Rahul 149, Rishabh Pant 114; Anderson 3/45, Sam Curran 2/23) by 118 runs

Statistical highlights

  • India suffered their 34th Test defeat on English soil, 47th overall against England and 164th in their Test history, going down by 118 runs.
  • Alastair Cook made his 33rd Test century (a 286-ball 147) in his final Test innings¬†after he had made his 57th Test half-century (71 runs off 190 balls) in the first innings of the final Test at The Oval, both these innings helping England dominate India for much of the Test match. He became only the fifth batsman in Test cricket history to score hundreds in his first and last Tests, both played against India, and went past Kumar Sangakkara and became the fifth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket. Cook was awarded the man of the match for his hundred on his last Test.
  • In England’s second innings, Cook combined with Joe Root and put together 259 runs for the fourth wicket, the England captain himself making his 14th Test hundred. His 190-ball 125 put England in control with a second-innings total in excess of 400.
  • Jos Buttler made his 10th Test half-century in England’s first innings and helped them recover from 181/7 to a healthy total of 332. Earlier, Moeen Ali made his 13th Test half-century to lay a good foundation for England, though a collapse shortly after his dismissal left the in-form Buttler with a rebuilding job.
  • India were in a similar spot of bother as England, whose bowling attack reduced India to 160/6 on day two. But, thanks to the two players who came into the playing XI for this Test (Ravindra Jadeja and debutant Hanuma Vihari) and their 77-run, seventh-wicket partnership, India recovered and ensured that they didn’t concede England a big lead. Jadeja made his ninth Test half-century (an unbeaten 86 off 156 balls), while Vihari made his maiden half-century on Test debut. He was dismissed for 56 off 124 balls.
  • Set a daunting, near-impossible target of 464, India made a great fist of the challenge thrown at them, with Lokesh Rahul making his fifth Test hundred (a 224-ball 149) and Rishabh Pant, playing only his third Test, bringing up his maiden Test century (a 146-ball 114). Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century on English soil.
  • James Anderson became the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, overtaking Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets; Mohammed Shami was his 564th wicket.
  • Captaining India for the 40th time, Virat Kohli tasted his ninth defeat as Indian Test captain.

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