Oval Test Day 2: Anderson, Stokes put England in command with India 158 behind

first_imgYet another batting failure saw India reeling at 174 for 6 after the second day’s play in the fifth and final Test against England in London on Saturday.England pacers James Anderson and Ben Stokes ripped apart India’s top and middle order within two sessions to leave the hosts 158 runs behind with just 4 wickets in hand at stumps on Day 2.Anderson got the important wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane while Stokes sent back the Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant to dent India’s chances of staging a comeback in this match after England posted 332 in their first innings.India vs England 5th Test Day 2: HighlightsStuart Broad and Sam Curran also chipped in with a wicket each. Kohli top-scored for India with 49 runs while Pujara and Rahul added 37 runs each.Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated exchange during Oval TestRahul and Pujara shared had a second-wicket partnership of 64, but both fell for 37, and were soon followed by Rahane for a duck, leaving Kohli to repair his side’s resistance once more.However, even Kohli couldn’t rescue his team in good bowling conditions under cloudy London skies, as he edged a Stokes delivery to England captain Joe Root at slip.Kohli is gone!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/9UPqc3VDyI#EngvInd pic.twitter.com/OQtS9k2fLeEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 8, 2018Rishabh Pant (5) fell two overs later, leaving debutant Hanuma Vihari (25 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (8 not out) with plenty of work to do on Sunday. The duo will should now look to get India as close to England’s score as possible.advertisementIndia vs England 5th Test Day 2 at The Oval: As it happenedAnderson started the damage by sending back Pujara and Rahane in quick succession. The veteran pacer is now heading the list of bowlers with most wickets against India in Test cricket. He went past Muttiah Muralitharan (105 wickets) after picking Pujara’s wicket.YESSSSS @jimmy9!!Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/3Nr0azKV0Z#EngvInd pic.twitter.com/f1LrQWpiOJEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 8, 2018Oval Test: KL Rahul’s diving catch helps him set new fielding record in EnglandEarlier, India let the advantage slip after allowing England to reach 332 from their overnight score of 198 for 7.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.Comedy of Errors: KL Rahul loses his shoe, Ben Stokes helps him put it back onThe Indian pacers found some lateral movement in the morning but were unable to get the English tail-enders’ out.The English tail-enders’ performance has been the main reason why India are 1-3 down in the series, and it was a near-repeat effort from the home team’s lower-order on Saturday morning as Indian bowlers failed to get wickets despite getting assistance from the pitch.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.England have already taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series with wins in Birmingham, Lord’s and Southampton. India won the third Test at Nottingham.(With PTI inputs)Brief Scores:India: 174 for 6 in 51 overs (Virat Kohli 49, KL Rahul 37, Hanuma Vihari 25*; James Anderson 2/20, Ben Stokes 2/44).last_img read more