London, Sep 10 (IANS) A 129-run partnership between opener Alastair Cook (103 batting) and Joe Root (92 batting) put England in the driver's seat in the fifth and final Test against India at the Oval here on Monday.
Riding on the duo's partnership, England now has a 283-run lead with five more sessions of play left.
Cook, 33, meanwhile also became the highest Test run-scorer among the left-handed batsmen as he went past Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (12400), adding another achievement to his illustrious career.
Earlier, resuming the fourth day at 114/2, both the English batsmen looked in solid control, making the visitors struggle for a breakthrough.
After being bowled out for 332 in their first innings, the hosts restricted India to 292 all out to take a 40-run lead.
England were on 243/2 when the umpires called for the lunch break.
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