India vs England 2018, 5th Test at Kennington Oval: England took control of the ongoing fifth and final Test against India being played at The Oval as they had the visitors trail by 158 runs on Friday.
At Stumps on Day 2, India were 174-6 with Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease at 25 and 8 respectively. Virat Kohli was the top scorer for India as missed yet-another fifty, falling short by 1 run before getting out by Ben Stokes. Stokes and James Anderson took two-two wickets each and were the pick of the England bowlers. Meanwhile, Stuart Broad and Sam Curran scalped one-one wicket each.
Replying to England’s total, the visitors made a poor start and lost opener Dhawan early, out trapped LBW by Broad in the second over. KL Rahul though batted with more freedom than in the earlier Tests and looked to play his shots as he hit four fours. He shared a good-looking 64-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara being bowled by Curran off a peach of a delivery. Skipper Kohli came in next and tried to get India out of hot waters. He and Pujara remained positive in their approach and looked all set to stitch a long partnership. However, veteran Anderson first got Pujara (37) caught by Jonny Bairstow and then gave another blow to India by getting Ajinkya Rahane (0) caught at slips.
The Indian skipper then tried to sail the innings with debutant Vihari. However, Stokes got the better of the 29-year-old Indian skipper towards the fag end of the day, before getting Rishabh Pant’s wicket and left India reeling towards the end of the day’s play.
Earlier in the morning session, Jos Buttler scored his 10th career half-century to rescue England to 304 for eight as Indian bowlers struggled to wrap up the home team’s tail.
Starting at the overnight score of 198 for seven, the Indian pacers found some lateral movement in the morning but were unable to get the English tail-enders’ out. Mohammed Shami (0/72) was again India’s best bowler on Saturday, beating the bat again and again but luck didn’t favour him.
Adil Rashid (15) and Buttler pushed the score past 200 quickly as 45 runs came in the first hour of play. Jasprit Bumrah (3/64) did account for the wicket of Rashid, out lbw in the seventh over of the morning despite a DRS referral from the batsman.
But Buttler and Broad denied the Indian bowlers any further breakthroughs in the remainder of session, much to the frustration of the Indians. Buttler reached his half-century off 84 balls as England crossed 250 in the 104th over.
Later, Buttler brought up his 50-run partnership with Broad off 61 balls as England quick scoring rate added to India’s frustration. India reduced England to 181 for seven at one stage on Friday, but now the game seemed to be slipping away from the visitors. (India vs England: Day 1 Report)