London: England defeated India by 118 runs on Day five of the fifth Test at The Oval here to officially seal the series 4-1. Despite losing key batsmen including Virat Kohli at the start, KL Rahul (149 runs) and Rishab Pant (114 runs) ensured that they were on course for a consolation victory.
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However, the big moment arrived for the hosts as Adil Rashid dismissed Rahul for 149 runs, thereby ending a 204-run partnership by the duo.
Soon after, Pant was dismissed for 114 and Joe Root and co were right back in the game.
Since then, nothing worked according to the visitors’ plans as Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami were dismissed in a space of two and a half overs.
James Anderson took three wickets, whereas Sam Curran and Adil Rashid got a couple of wickets each.
Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes got one wicket each.
India 336-8 after 92 overs
WICKET! Sam Curran strikes as he dismisses Ishant Sharma for five runs courtesy a catch by Jonny Bairstow.
India 328-7 after 84 overs
WICKET! Adil Rashid the man again, as he sees off Rishab Pant for 114 runs.
India 325-6 after 81.1 overs
WICKET! Adil Rashid sees off KL Rahul for 149 runs, and what's more, a 204-run Rahul-Pant partnership is broken.
Tea break report
KL Rahul (142 not out) and Rishab Pant (101 not out) continued to build an excellent partnership as India headed for tea break at 298-5 against England on Day five of the fifth Test.
Tea on Day 5 of the 5th Test.#TeamIndia 292 & 298/5 (Rahul 142*, Pant 101*).— BCCI (@BCCI) September 11, 2018
India scored 131 runs in the second session without losing a wicket.
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India require another 166 more runs to win with just one session remaining in the match.
While KL Rahul brought up his fifth Test hundred, it was a memorable outing for Rishab Pant as he notched up his maiden Test ton.
The visitors would have been happy with this session, having not lost a signle wicket in the last two hours.
India 298-5 after 74 overs
100! Rishab Pant gets to his maiden Test century, what a knock it has been.
India 232-5 after 60.2 overs
FIFTY! It's a maiden Test half-century for Rishab Pant, and this comes at a very important time from the team's point of view.
Lunch break report
KL Rahul scored his fifth Test century as he led India to 167-5 at lunch on Day five of the fifth Test against England at The Oval here.
Chasing 464 runs, India lost Ajinkya Rahane (37 runs) and Hanuma Vihari (0 runs) after which Rahul notched up his ton.
James Anderson has taken two wickets, whereas Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali have taken one wicket each.
India 152-5 after 41 overs
CENTURY! KL Rahul brings up his fifth Test ton in style with a boundary.
India 121-5 after 36.4 overs
WICKET! Bairstow does a good work behind the wickets to dismiss Hanuma Vihari for a duck as Ben Stokes celebrates his wicket.
India 120-4 after 35.3 overs
WICKET! Moeen Ali strikes as che dismisses Ajinkya Rahane for 37 runs courtesy a catch by Keaton Jennings at midwicket.
India 62-3 after 20 overs:
FIFTY! KL Rahul strikes a half-century, the first by an Indian opener this series. Can he convert it into something big?
Free stroking 50 from KL Rahul. Wonder if this is the way we will see him bat in test cricket from now.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 11, 2018
England look to make it 4-1 in Alastair Cook’s farewell party with a defeat looking inevitable for the Indians as they finished day four on 58-3.
After a massive 259-run partnership between Joe Root and Cook, Hanuma Vihari removed both the set batsmen as the hosts finished at 423-8 before putting Virat Kohli and co to bat.
India endured a miserable start losing both Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara to James Anderson in the third over. Stuart Broad soon struck a huge blow with the wicket of Kohli for nought, that made things difficult for the visitors.
KL Rahul has so far battled with grit as he nears a half-century and alongside Ajinkya Rahane, they have a mountain to climb.
England will want to finish on a high but the question is how long can the Indian batsmen sustain the bowling attack?
The match is scheduled to start at 3.30 P.M. IST.
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