India v England 5th Test – India Player Ratings
Published - Dec 20, 2016 1:58 pm | Updated - Dec 20, 2016 1:58 pm
Having already clinched the series 3-0 before going into the final Test, India were on a mission to make it 4-0 at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The ground staff did a tremendous job to make the conditions suitable to play after Cyclone Vardha. England won yet another toss and decided to bat first. Moeen Ali scored his second hundred of the series and half-centuries from Joe Root, Liam Dawson, and Adil Rashid took them to a strong first innings score of 477. The pitch was dry but wasn’t offering
Moeen Ali scored his second hundred of the series and half-centuries from Joe Root, Liam Dawson, and Adil Rashid took them to a strong first innings score of 477. The pitch was dry but wasn’t offering much turn to the spinners. As a result, India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin just got one wicket in the innings.
The surface was always good to bat on and India made full use of it as they powered their way to their highest ever Test total of 759. KL Rahul missed out on his maiden double century by just one run. But his fellow statesman Karun Nair created history by becoming the second Indian ever to score a Test triple ton. His supreme efforts helped India gain a massive lead of 282 runs.
England began well in the quest to play out a draw and the openers added 103 runs for the wickets. They did not lose any wickets till the lunch break on the final day. But all hells broke loose once Alastair Cook was picked up by Ravindra Jadeja. They lost 4 wickets in the second session and 6 in the last and all the 10 wickets fell for just 104 runs. India achieved what was looking improbable at one stage.
Here are the players’ ratings of the home side as they completed a 4-0 series win:
KL Rahul – 8.5/10:
The opening batsman from Karnataka was due for a big one after a series of low scores. KL Rahul repaid the faith of his captain by amassing his career best of 199 runs. He came agonizingly close to a well deserved double hundred but fell short by the slightest margin. His innings came off 311 balls that included 16 fours and 3 sixes. He maintained a very good tempo throughout the innings which showed in his strike rate of 63.99.
Along with Parthiv, he had a partnership of 152 runs and laid the foundation for a huge first innings score. There was a mini collapse with the wickets of Parthiv, Pujara, and Kohli but he stayed there and put India into a dominating position. The anxiousness of getting to 200 got to him when he played a loose shot to Adil Rashid on 199 and threw his wicket away. He was very disappointed after getting out and took ages to walk off the field.