Suffering with a constant hike in petrol prices, the netizens have found an amusing similarity between the ever-growing petrol issue and cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s knock against England in the Oval Test. Known to pounce on the trends, the Twitter users draw an interesting comparison between the two analogies where they have adjudged the petrol as India’s highest scorer over Jadeja. Also Read - IPL 2021: Moeen Ali Was The Main Game-Changer For CSK - Parthiv Patel
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Playing his first match of the series, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja wasted no time in proving his selection right with as he made handsome contributions with both bat and ball during the ongoing five-Test rubber against England at the Oval. After picking up a four-wicket haul in the first innings, Jadeja played a brilliant knock of unbeaten 86 to reduce the deficit for the visitors to 40 runs. Also Read - IPL 2021 Today Match Preview | MI vs CSK Scorecard: Defending Champions Mumbai Indians Take on 'Highly-Flying' Chennai Super Kings in Battle For Supremacy
Fuel prices continued to rise on Monday, the day the Congress had called for Bharat Bandh in protest against the same. In the national capital, petrol price reached Rs 80.73/litre; an increase of Rs 0.23/litre and diesel was at Rs 72.83/litre which is a Rs 0.22/litre hike. In Mumbai, the fuels saw a similar hike with petrol at Rs 88.12/litre, which is Rs 0.23/litre rise and diesel at Rs 77.32/litre which is an increase of Rs 0.23/litre).
While Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has attributed the spike in price to international factors, including the depreciation of the Indian rupee against the US dollar, the Congress has accused the Centre of revising excise duty on petrol and diesel twelve times leading to a sharp spike in their prices.
On the other side in the fifth Test, Jadeja scored 86 not out as India finished their first innings at 292 (95 overs), conceding a 40-run lead. The left-hander faced 156 balls and hit 11 fours as well as a six, narrowing the gap between the two teams.
Post lunch, India tried to extend their innings as long as possible. Ishant Sharma (4) though fell in the fourth over after the break, caught behind off Moeen Ali (2-50).
Jadeja reached his ninth Test half-century off 113 balls, after India had crossed 250 in the 84th over. England were so flustered that they took the new ball in hope of dismissing the last wicket quickly.
The partnership, and India’s innings ended through a run-out in the 95th over as Jadeja finished unbeaten.
Earlier, Hanuma Vihari scored a half-century on debut as India reached 240 for seven at lunch.
Starting from overnight 174 for six, Vihari and Jadeja looked to bat for time and dig India out of the precarious position they found themselves in.
James Anderson (2-54) and Stuart Broad (1-50) bowled a threatening first spell, but both batsmen played watchfully and with patience. There were a couple edges, though they didn’t go to hand or fell short.