England vs India 2018, 5th Test Match, Day 1 – Lunch Report
Virat Kohli once again called the wrong side of the coin as Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first in the fifth Test between England and India. Thus, Alastair Cook walked out to bat in his final Test match at the Kennington Oval. England put 68 runs and lost a solitary wicket in the opening session.
The England legendary batsman was given a guard of honor by the Indian team as Virat Kohli congratulated him. Cook who isn’t in the best of forms brought his best to the table as he looked positive in his body language.
England would be the happier side.
Meanwhile, India made two changes to their playing XI as they brought in debutant Hanuma Vihari in place of Hardik Pandya. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin who was not 100% fit was replaced by his spin partner Ravindra Jadeja.
In fact, there was not much in the pitch for the Indian fast bowlers. Furthermore, the bright and sunny conditions made life difficult for the Indian bowlers. However, the Indian pace battery didn’t help themselves by not hitting the right areas.
Cook looked at his best.
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli was on the defensive side in the first session of play. Ravindra Jadeja who is playing his first game of the tour scalped the opening wicket of the morning for the tourists. Jadeja was getting some help from the surface and trapped Keaton Jennings in his bait.
Jennings played an innocuous delivery straight to the leg-slip where KL Rahul, India’s best catcher on the tour, did the rest. On the other hand, this was the first time in the series when England openers put together an alliance of more than 50 runs.
Alastair Cook also reached his best score of the series as he is batting unconquered on 37 runs. Meanwhile, England continued with their strategy to bat Moeen Ali at the number three position. The England all-rounder had batted at one down in the second innings of the previous Test at Southampton.
England: 68-1, Alastair Cook 37 (77),
Ravindra Jadeja: 1-15
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