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Sharma, Gill centuries put India in control over England on 2nd day of 5th test

DHARAMSHALA, India (AP) — Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill scored dominant centuries on the second morning as India took firm control of the fifth and final cricket test against England on Friday.

Sharma was unbeaten on 102 runs, while Gill was batting on 101 not out, as India reached 264-1 at lunch.

The two batters amassed 129 runs in 30 overs of this morning session, after India was placed at 135-1 at stumps on day one. England was bowled out for 218 runs in its first innings, with India now leading by 46 runs.

The duo had added 31 runs for the second wicket by stumps on day one, and continued their unbroken partnership through this morning session. Their 100-run partnership came off 149 deliveries as India crossed 200 in the 44th over.

None of the English bowlers were able to trouble the two batters, who coasted through to their hundreds. Mark Wood proved to be the most expensive — he went for 6.7 runs per over in his nine-over spell. Off-spinner Shoaib Bashir was hit over the boundary repeatedly and gave away 111 runs in 23 overs.

Gill brought up his fourth test hundred off 137 balls, including 10 fours and five sixes. Sharma scored his 12th test hundred off 154 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes.

It was a second century in the series for both batters. For Sharma, it was his fourth test hundred against England — equaling Sunil Gavaskar’s record for most centuries for an Indian opener against England.

India already had a winning 3-1 lead in the series. It won the second test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs, the third in Rajkot by 434 runs and the fourth test in Ranch i by five wickets to capture the series.


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