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The visitors ended the day at 216 for one after Cook notched up his third century in this series

Dream runAlastair Cook has everything going his way as he scored his fifth century in his fifth match as captain to put England in complete control.Photo: k.r.deepak
Dream runAlastair Cook has everything going his way as he scored his fifth century in his fifth match as captain to put England in complete control.Photo: k.r.deepak

Skipper Alastair Cook created history by cracking his 23rd Test century, the most by an Englishman, and his third consecutive one in the series as England took complete control of the third cricket Test against a listless India here on Thursday.

Cook remained unbeaten on a brilliant 136 to lay the platform for a mammoth first innings total as the visitors cruised to a comfortable 216 for one at close on the second day.

In reply to India’s first innings score of 316, England put up a solid batting display and rode on a 165-run opening stand between Cook and Nick Compton (57) as bowlers had a disappointing day.

Ojha gave India their only breakthrough in the final session of the day when Compton was given out leg before and the decision by umpire Rod Tucker looked to be a dubious one.

Currently England need another 101 runs with nine wickets in hand to take the first innings lead and consolidate the position from there.

Having scored his 23rd Test ton, highest by any English batsmen, Cook also created a world record of notching five centuries from the five Test matches as captain.

The England captain led from the front as he struck a six and 19 boundaries in his nearly five hour long undefeated stay at the crease and became the youngest batsman to go past 7000 Test runs at the age of 27 years 347 days, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 28 years and 193 days.

In his sparkling innings, Cook gave a solitary chance while on 17, when he was dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara of the bowling of Zaheer Khan – a miss that eventually proved too costly for the Indians and it will be difficult to bounce back in the series which is levelled 1-1.

Earlier, resuming the day at 273 for seven, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a half-century before the hosts were bowled out inside the first hour of the day. Dhoni scored 52 off 114 balls and was the last man out when he unsuccessfully tried to fend a short-pitch delivery from Steven Finn. PTI

Alastair Cook not out 136

Nick Compton lbw Pjha 57

Jonathan Trott not out 21

Extras: (NB-2) 2

(for one, 73 overs)

Zaheer Khan 16-4-48-0

Ishant Sharma 15-6-35-0

R Ashwin 23-4-68-0

Pragyan Ojha 19-4-65-1


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