After the Indian bowlers wrestled home the advantage on Day 1, Virat Kohli’s men would look to get the remaining three wickets quickly on day 2. For England, Jos Buttler holds the key as he would like to drag the innings and get to around 250. The Indian bowlers were relentless with their lines and lengths on day 1, but have struggled to get rid of the tail in the series. Kohli would hope the script is different today.
India hit back on Day 1 after tea as the bowlers took six wickets for 48 runs inside 20 overs, all with the old ball. Bumrah trapped Root two balls after getting Cook. Ishant got Jonny Bairstow (0), Moeen Ali — the new No 3 had just got a patient fifty — and young all-rounder Sam Curran (0) caught behind with masterful use of the old ball.
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Ben Stokes was introduced into the attack in place of James Anderson and he was welcomed by Rahul with a shot over the covers for a boundary. Then, Rahul went for single the next ball but lost his shoe in the process. Stokes was kind enough to help Rahul get his show back on. A very eventful over from the England all-rounder.
Dhawan was few seconds too late
When he was given out by the on-field umpire, Dhawan went up towards partner Rahul to discuss his dismissal in order to call for DRS. However, it turned out that when they were ready to ask for the review, he was told that the time (15 seconds) to do so had elapsed.
Another Pujara masterclass needed
Once again, Cheteshwar Pujara jas been called out in the middle very early in the innings. India will once again need their main man to hold the innings from one end. KL Rahul will also need to show some patience in the middle and stitch together a good partnership with Pujara. And just as we were talking about Rahul’s restraint, he slashes hard at a delivery from Anderson and gets a four towards third man.
Stuart Broad has struck on the first ball that he bowls in this match he gets rid of Shikhar Dhawan for 3. Dhawan missed the trajectory of the in-swinging delivery and the ball crashes into his pads. Broad had started to celebrate even before the umpire gave it as out. India have lost their first wicket in just the second over of the innings.
The India openers have made a rather confident start in their innings as they score six runs from the first James Anderson over. Both Rahul and Dhawan scored three runs each and seemed settled in the middle, unlike the previous matches.
India innings underway
KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are making their way into the middle now to open the innings for India. James Anderson has new ball in hand and he will bowl the first over for England. The India openers will look to give their team a good start here.
India have finally managed to dismiss England as the last wicket fall for 332. Ravindra Jadeja produces an edge off the bat of Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane takes a smart catch in the slip. This was Jadeja’s fourth wicket of the innings. Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Shama picked three wickets each for India while Buttler was top-scorer for England with 89.
Jos Buttler is running out of partners and that is why he has decided to take the attack to the Indian bowlers. The right-hander slams two huge sixes off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah to enter into 80s. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli is back on the field.
Kohli is off the field
India skipper Virat Kohli is off the field currently and he is signing autographs for young cricket fans. Ajinkya Rahane is calling the shot in the middle at the moment.
India have finally managed to break this partnership as KL Rahul takes a stunning catch to remove Stuart Broad off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja. Broad hit the ball in the air towards long on boundary. Rahul ran backwards and took a brilliant diving catch to remove the southpaw for 38. England have lost their ninth wicket now.
Former England skipper is spot on!
India have let the game drift this morning … This will be a very competitive score on this pitch now … #ENGvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 8, 2018
Second session underway
The players are making their way back into the middle with Buttler and Broad looking to add few more runs to their total. Ravindra Jadeja has the ball in hand and he will bowl the first over after lunch.
Onus on Indian bowlers
The entire first session of the day belonged to England from 198/7, they managed to reach 304/8. The scenario of the match has changed dramatically as it is the hosts who hold the advantage now. As for India, the bowlers need to step and finish off the tail as soon as possible.
The first session entirely belongs to England as they lost just one wicket but managed to score 107 runs. The partnership between Jos Buttler and Stuart Broad has reached 90 runs off 107 deliveries. As for India, Jasprit Bumrah was the lone wicket-taker of the day.
300 up for England
Stuart Broad takes a double off Ishant Sharma and it is welcomed by the crowd with a big round applause as England have crossed the 300-run mark. The pressure is now showing on the faces of Indian players, especially the bowlers as this partnership between Buttler and Broad is worth 86 now.
The difference between two teams
England’s last four batsmen have collectively added an average of 55.75 runs per innings this series; India’s last four batsmen have added an average of 26.25.
Runs…runs…and more runs!
It has to be said that the Indian bowlers have been guilty of leaking runs today. This time, Broad slashes hard at the ball and it goes for a boundary over slip cordon. The hosts are just few runs away from the magical mark of 300.
Like Day 1, Mohammed Shami has bowled well today as well but he hasn’t been rewarded for it so far. The India pacer has managed to beat the outside edge of Buttler many a times today but to no avail. Shami bowled exceedingly well yesterday but remained wicket-less and the second day is not looking better either for the seamer.
Fifty for Buttler
Jos Buttler has played a gem of an innings so far as he completes his well-deserved half-century. Buttler has so far hit five boundaries and he has batted really well with the tail. England’s total keep of increasing and edging closer to 300.
England’s tail has managed to perform well once more as this time, Jos Buttler stitches a 50-run partnership with Stuart Broad. The duo has so far put together 53 runs of just 61 deliveries for the ninth wicket. India skipper Virat Kohli is not looking happy at the moment.
From around the wicket, Mohammed Shami came charging in and bowled a bit full to Stuart Broad. The southpaw got into position early and played the perfect on-drive for a boundary, much to the delight of home support. The partnership between these two is worth 49 now.
England cross 250
Spin has been introduced into the attack now by skipper Virat Kohli as Ravindra Jadeja replaces Jasprit Bumrah. It was expensive first over from Jadeja as he conceded eight runs from it. Buttler hit his third boundary of the innings on the penultimate ball of the over and with that, hosts have crossed the 250-run mark.
Virat Kohli must be scratching his head as how England manage to find players who stitch crucial partnership down the order. The partnership between Buttler and Broad is worth 29 (35 balls) and they are adding precious runs to England’s first innings total.
Mohammed Shami comes into the attack and he replaces Ishant Sharma. He gives away just three runs from his first over of the day but the highlight was the fourth delivery — the ball pitched at off stump and moved away from the batsman. Buttler tried to hit the ball through the covers but the ball missed the edge of the bat by just a whisker.
Virat Kohli won’t be a happy man right now as Indian bowlers have conceding a couple of unnecessary boundaries. First, Ishant bowled a length ball outside off and Stuart Broad hit it for a boundary towards covers. Then, Bumrah bowled a full-toss which nicked the leg of Broad and went for four leg-byes past wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.
Jasprit Bumrah has finally broken the partnership as he gets rid of Adil Rashid. Bumrah trapped Rashid on the pads and the umpire gave him out. But the batsman opted to use the DRS and replays showed that that the ball pitched outside off but was hitting the stumps, so umpire’s call was retained. England have now lost their eighth wicket.
Third boundary for Rashid
Jasprit Bumrah bowls on to the pads of Adil Rashid and the right-hander flicks the ball for a boundary towards mid-wicket. This is the second four that Rashid has hit off Bumrah today and he has three boundaries to his name in total.
Indian bowlers have bowled a tight line and length in the first few overs of the day with Ishant Shama and Jasprit Bumrah keeping the flow of runs under check. Although, there haven’t been any proper wicket-taking deliveries worth mentioning from either of the two pacers, they are not letting the two batsmen settle down either.
Ishant Sharma is bowling well at the moment as he bowls two maiden overs on the trot. After bowling a maiden over to Buttler, Ishant follows it up with bowling six dot balls to Rashid. Good start to the day for the Indian pacer.
200 up for England
Jasprit Bumrah bowls a juicy half-volley outside the off-stump and Adil Rashid obliges by hitting the ball through the covers for a boundary. With that, England also cross the 200-run mark in their first innings.
Ishant Sharma bowls an excellent first over of the day as he troubles birthday boy Jos Buttler with his variations. Ishant starts off with a maiden to set the ball rolling for the visitors. Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the second over of the day.
Day 2 begins
The players are now making their way out in the middle as we are underway in the second day of the fifth and the final Test between England and India at Oval. Jos Buttler is taking strike and Ishant Sharma will bowl the first ball of the day. The visitors will look to bundle out hosts as soon as possible.
Jadeja on India’s bowling
“It’s difficult when you’re not getting any help from the wicket on Day 1. The ball you’re actually trying to bowl…it’s not coming out that way. I was just thinking that Shami, Ishant and Bumrah were bowling well from the other end. They were beating the bat non-stop. I was just thinking that I shouldn’t concede boundaries because if that pressure is released at one end, it becomes easy for the batsmen. We didn’t get any wickets in the second session but we didn’t concede many runs either (55 runs between lunch and tea). We came back well. Everyone did their job in the bowling department,” Jadeja said after first day’s play.
Sourav Ganguly not very happy
Calling his comments as immature, former India captain Sourav Ganguly hit out at head coach Ravi Shastri for comparing Indian teams of different eras, on Friday.
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Indian bowlers impress Moeen
Moeen Ali was promoted to the number 3 slot and he got to a nervy fifty after having been beaten a number of times. You’re always hoping to let them bowl and bowl. But they just kept coming, bowling same pace, same areas. It was one of the best bowling attacks I’ve faced. They were just always, consistently there,” he said in praise of India’s attack after England went from 133/1 to 198/7 in the evening session.
Cook on first day’s play
“I thought the way the Indians bowled was fantastic,” Cook told Sky Sports. “I think I played one cut and one pull shot all day. A lot of credit to them. It was an unbelievable spell (from Shami). I was facing Jadeja at the other end and quite happy. We found it hard to know which way it was going. One thing Mo (Moeen Ali) did pretty well, yes he was playing and missing, but he wasn’t curtain-railing as much, he was playing the line.”
3 wickets remaining for England
India have struggled to get rid of the tail in the series and this has proved to be costly. This is where Virat Kohli needs to go in for the kill with the second new ball early on day 2. Jos Buttler holds the key for England and he has Adil Rashid for company who is no rabbit with the bat.