India vs England 2018, 5th Test at Kennington Oval: Cook and Root stayed unbeaten at the crease at the end of Day 3. England is in the driver’s seat, they lead by 154 runs. More importantly for England, their superstar Cook is still in the middle. Cook is unbeaten on 46 and Root is on 29. Lots to look forward to tomorrow from an English point of view. India’s susceptibility to quality swing bowling once again came to the fore as they struggled to reach 174 for six after England’s tail wagged considerably to give the hosts an upper hand on the second day of the fifth and final Test on Saturday.
India still trail England by another 158 runs with four wickets in hand and three full day’s play remaining in the match.
Courtesy birthday boy Jos Buttler’s 89 and his 98-run ninth-wicket stand with Stuart Broad (38), England managed a decent first innings score of 332 after they were struggling at 198 for seven at the end of first day’s play.
In reply, India’s top-order disappointed once again with Shikhar Dhawan (3) failing once again in what could be his last Test innings for a considerable period of time.
India vs England: Day 2 Highlights
KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara made identical 37 to stitch together 64 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the Indian innings before the English bowlers got back into the groove, picking up crucial wickets when it mattered.
At stumps, debutant Hanuma Vihari was unbeaten on 25 with Ravindra Jadeja (8 not out) for the company as India lost their way after tea.
After the final break of the day, conditions favoured bowlers a lot more under heavy cloudy conditions and floodlights as the ball darted around with James Anderson (2/20) and Sam Curran (1/46) troubling the Indian batsmen most. (India vs England: Day 2 Report)