Team India opener KL Rahul struck a brilliant hundred on the final day of what has been a disappointment tour against England at the Oval in London.
Meanwhile, the hosts are looking good to finish the series on a high. They went to win with the scoreline of 4-1 at Kennington Oval against India. Retiring Alastair Cook stitched 259 runs partnership with Joe Root, who scored 125, as England declared on a mammoth 423 for eight. In reply, India had stumbled to 58-3 in a massive chase of 464 for victory at the culmination of the day four.
However, India started the day on a high as Rahul partnered Ajinkya Rahane to bail the visitors out of the precarious situation. They showed great authority against English bowlers who was breathing fire in the evening session of day four.
Despite their struggles on many occasions Rahul and Rahane have done an excellent job. Both kept England at bay as they raise a century stand. They played their shots, and the boundaries came by occasionally as Rahul marched towards his first Test century in England.
But against the run of play, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes struck twice to reduced India for 121 for five. Rahul, however, continued his superb flow of batting as he aims to finish this tour on a high.
KL Rahul calm after reaching his century:
The Karnataka batsman looked aggressive throughout the innings taking the attack to the opposition. He scored runs at a quick pace and slapped Ben Stokes over point for a six and playing one to fine leg for a four in the build-up to the hundred.
Continuing his attacking mode, Rahul flat-batted one past Stokes to bring his Test century. With that, Rahul also becomes only the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to register a ton in the fourth innings in England.
Although he remained silent reaching to the landmark, Virat Kohli seemed quite excited from the stands as he lauded the young Rahul’s effort.
England vs India 2018: Here is the video of KL Rahul smashing fine century at The Oval:
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