Cook serves up fi­nal cen­tury

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Root and Cook were dis­missed in con­sec­u­tive balls by part-time off spin­ner Hanuma Vi­hari and a flurry of wick­ets went down as Eng­land looked to top up their to­tal for a dec­la­ra­tion.

Set a no­tional 464 for vic­tory In­dia lost their first three wick­ets for two runs with James An­der­son re­mov­ing Shikhar Dhawan and Chetesh­war Pu­jara lbw in his sec­ond over.

In­dia in dis­ar­ray

When Stu­art Broad re­moved In­dian run ma­chine Vi­rat Kohli for a golden duck In­dia were in dis­ar­ray.

An­der­son, 36, needs one more wicket to sur­pass the 563 of Aus­tralia’s Glenn Mcgrath and be­come the most suc­cess­ful fast bowler in Test his­tory.

In­dia, look­ing de­mor­alised as their hopes of sal­vaging a con­so­la­tion vic­tory from a los­ing se­ries evap­o­rated, stead­ied the ship some­what to end the day on 58-3.

Opener KL Rahul played some at­trac­tive shots to reach 46 at the close, with Ajinkya Ra­hane on 10.

De­spite An­der­son’s late burst, the day be­longed to Cook, and the fi­nal overs were played out to a cho­rus of fans chant­ing the name of Eng­land’s most pro­lific bats­man.

With 218 runs in his 161st match Cook guar­an­teed he will re­tire with a Test av­er­age of 45.

And, fit­tingly, his fi­nal con­tri­bu­tion for his coun­try with the bat was a cen­tury against In­dia – the team he scored a de­but ton against 12 years ago in Nag­pur.

His to­tal of 12 472 Test runs puts him be­hind only In­dia’s Sachin Ten­dulkar, Aus­tralian Ricky Ponting, South Africa’s Jac­ques Kal­lis and In­dia’s Rahul Dravid on the all-time list.

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