India vs England 5th Test Day 3 Kenington Oval: After hitting a memorable 86* with the bat to take India close to the English first innings total of 332, Ravindra Jadeja came good with the ball as he got Moeen Ali with a ripper on 20. Ali was dropped earlier by KL Rahul at the third slip of the bowling of Ishant Sharma, but he could not make the most of the life he received earlier. England is still in command of the final Test at Kenington Oval after three days of play.
It was a ripper of a delivery that ended the Mo Show. Just a ball ago, a new ball had been taken and that did the trick as the ball pitched on the rough created by Ishant Sharma and turned a mile to get past Ali’s drive to hit the stumps. Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli had wasted two reviews within the first 12 overs of the match and that seemed to have hurt them when Jadeja was trapping the English batsmen on their pads. The hosts with a lead of 154 runs in the second innings are in the driver’s seat. More importantly, the rockstar Alastair Cook is still at the wicket and that will surely get the fans to throng to the Kia Oval for Day 4 of the Test.
Meanwhile, debutant Hanuma Vihari impressed one and all by scoring a gritty 56 to get India out of trouble in trying conditions, showing that he has the temperament for the longer run.
Vihari is now the first Indian since Sehwag in 2001 to score a 50-plus while making debut outside the subcontinent and the first Indian since Ganguly & Dravid in 1996 to score a 50-plus in debut innings in England.