Cricket: Alastair Cook Feels the Pain after India’s Last Pair Make England Pay

Cricket: Alastair Cook Feels the Pain after India’s Last Pair Make England Pay

THE GUARDIAN - Until Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami combined in an unlikely last-wicket partnership to frustrate England and inspire India in equal measure, it had been Alastair Cook’s team that in the conditions had exceeded expectation.

A remarkable spell of cricket just before lunch and particularly in the first hour after the interval had seen the perspiring, persevering bowlers gain reward for their persistence with five wickets for 42 runs, four of them for two runs in the space of three overs, that saw India plummet from their hard-won perch at 304 for four, to 346 for nine.

To dismiss India for around 350, on such a docile dog of a pitch, would have been remarkable.

That India then not only dismissed that notion, but went on to make 457 before Moeen Ali was able to take the final wicket shortly after five o’clock, two and a half hours after the previous wicket, was down to the final pair whose stand of 111 was the second highest for the 10th wicket by India, short only of the 133 added by Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan against Bangladesh a decade ago.

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