Alastair Cook, playing his last Test match, scored a brilliant 190-ball 73.
Thanks to the half-century of opener Alastair Cook (73), England scored 133 for two wickets in 63.2 overs in their first innings after tea on the first day of the fifth and final Test being played against India at the Oval ground here. After tea, England had a second blow as Cook. Alastair Cook, playing his last Test match, scored a brilliant 190-ball 73. After tea, Jaspreet Bumrah made him bold. This was the 57th half-century of Cook, playing the final match of his Test career. (Video: India gave a guard of honour to Alistair Cook, the farewell to whom Cook will remember
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With this, Cook made a world record. Cook, who scored half-century against the same team in the first innings of his debut and last match in Test cricket, has become the world’s second opener. Earlier, South Africa’s Bruce Mitchell scored half-centuries in debut against England and England in the first innings of his last Test match. (The first vice-captain inside the four balls and then the captain catches the catch, now how India will win the match!)
Now Alistair Cook has become the second opener of the world to do these tricks. You remember Alastair Cook had done his Test debut against India in 2006 and Cook scored 60 runs in his first innings. Now when Cook is playing his last Test match against India, he did not disappoint him and scored a brilliant 73 runs.
Talking about the ongoing match at the Oval, Cook and Moin got life assured in the 31st and 32nd over. Ali captained Virat Kohli while Ajinkya Rahane gave moin life. The second session the first day of the match was completely England’s name. The hosts did not lose any wicket in this session and added 55 runs.