LIVE UPDATES: Vihari and Jadeja looking to stitch together a partnership here after India’s batting woes continued as they were left reeling at 174/6 in reply to England’s 332 at stumps on Day 2. Earlier, Jos Buttler (89) helped England post 332 despite a middle-order collapse on Day 1.
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First hour goes to India
Good work by the Indian batsmen in the first hour as they have played out the span without losing a single wicket. Despite the overhead conditions, the Indian duo of Vihari and Jadeja have shown great application here to play out every good ball without trying anything risky.
Root turns to Adil Rashid
This is the opening battle won for the Indian batsmen as Root turns to his spinner Adil Rashid. Clearly the Indian batsmen have been able to turn the heat on the English bowlers with grit and determination here. The Indians now need to bat on without losing another wicket in this session.
Vihari moves into the 30s
A brilliant cover drive from the debutant here as he leans into the drive off Broad. Has shown great determination here as he has waited for the bad balls and not made mistakes made by the top-order batsmen earlier in the innings. Vihari and Jadeja must continue the good work.
Indian batsmen showing intent
Even though the conditions have helped the English bowlers, the Indian batsmen have been on the job and they have looked more than happy to spend time in the middle without taking any undue risk. Both Vihari and Jadeja know the importance of playing out this session as the score reads 185/6
Vihari & Jadeja look to stitch partnership
The ball is doing a bit and the Indian batsmen have been on the mark with their defence. No rash shots, waiting for the bad balls to hit. The first session will require the Indian batsmen to hold back and let the bowlers run the show. Things will get much more easy post the lunch break.
Anderson bowling beautifully
The conditions are perfect for the England pacers and Anderson is pitching it in the right areas. Jadeja and Vihari have their task cut-out here. They have to bat out of their skins in this session to ensure that India stay alive in this game. No recognised batsman after this pair.
Broad starts proceedings
Vihari and Jadeja take strike as Broad starts proceedings for England on the third morning. Slightly overcast conditions and the English bowlers will look to make early inroads and get into the tail. Shami wearing his pads and sitting in the dressing room next to Virat Kohli.
Words of wisdom from Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli has assembled his players in a huddle and he is trying to fire them up with a rallying cry. All the players are listening to the captain intently but only time will tell if the players will be able to apply Kohli’s words into action today.
Run-machine Virat Kohli has added another feather to his cap. During his knock of 49 on the second day of the fifth Test against England at the Oval, he became only the fourth Indian to score 18,000 runs in international cricket. While Tendulkar sits atop the list with 34,357 runs in 664 matches with 100 hundreds and 164 fifties, Dravid is the next Indian with 24,208 runs from 509 games with 48 hundreds and 146 fifties. Sitting third on the list of Indians is former skipper Ganguly with 18,575 runs from 424 matches with 38 hundreds and 107 fifties. He has now joined the trinity of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Kohli is now the fourth Indian on the list with 18,028 runs in just his 343rd game. The India skipper has hit 58 hundreds and 85 fifties.
Bumrah on Indian bowling
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has bowled his heart out since returning to the side for the Trent Bridge Test, having missed the first two matches due to a broken thumb. However, the pacers, who were almost unplayable on the first evening could not prevent Jos Buttler from scoring 89 and raising 118 runs for the last two England wickets. “We were in a good position at 198/7, but they batted well and we couldn’t capitalise. We tried hard to bowl in right areas but they also applied well, so we can say they batted well. It is not like we bowled poorly and they batted superbly. It’s a combination of both.”
CoA on India’s show in England
Commenting on the recent performance of the Indian cricket team in the ongoing Test series against England, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai on Sunday said that once the team manager submits his report, a view would be taken on it. Rai told ANI, “I am not committing anything but there is always a review, once the team manager submits his report, we will take a view on it.”
James Anderson has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee and given one demerit point by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an International Match.”
This happened when England appealed against Virat Kohli, and then the proceedings took a rather spicy turn with verbals being exchanged between the players. Read about the entire episode here.
India have all the running to do
The visitors started day 2 in the driver’s seat but then their inability to finish off the tail pinched them hard again. England ran away with the game as they breached the 300-run mark.
James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Ben Stokes then got the ball the hoop around post tea and India collapsed yet again in the series to hand all the momentum to England.
Day 2 round up
Kohli (49) looked in great touch like he has been throughout the series. He hit six boundaries during his 70-ball knock before edging a Stokes delivery to his counterpart Joe Root at the slip cordon. Vihari had two LBW shouts against Broad — the first of which looked out on replays but England didn’t opt for DRS. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (5) again failed to cash in on the opportunity edging a Stokes delivery to Alastair Cook on the slip cordon.
Day 2 round up
India’s top order showed no signs of improvement against quality swing bowling with opener Shikhar Dhawan (3) falling early. KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara made identical 37 to join hands for a 64-run second wicket stand before Sam Curran (1/46) bowled a beauty to dismiss Rahul. Rahul looked good throughout his stay but Curran made light of his defense with an unplayable delivery that swung back in the air after pitching on middle and off stump. India then lost three wickets for 33 runs as Anderson wreaked havoc with the moving ball, removing both Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (0) in quick succession.
Hello and welcome!
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the third day of the fifth and the final Test between England and India at the Oval. After losing six wickets in their first innings, India find themselves on the backfoot as they are trailing the hosts by 158 runs. Indian top-order once again failed to fire as James Anderon and Ben Stokes wrecked the visitors’ batting line-up. Debutant Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja are at the crease and they will have to do the job of rebuilding the Indian innings and get the visitors’ score as close to England’s first innings total.