Oval Test Day 3: England take control with 154-run lead despite India fightback

first_imgIndia fought back with some outstanding performances from its lower order with the bat and then with the bowlers in the final session but the advantage still rests with England, who are in a dominant position in the fifth and final Test match after taking a lead of 148 runs in the second innings.England reached 114 for 2 at stumps on Day 3 with Alastair Cook (46*) and Joe Root (29*) adding 52 runs for the third wicket in relatively quick time.England came out to bat for the second time after bowling out India for 292 late in the second session with Cook getting a standing ovation as he batted for the final time in his international career.India vs England 5th Test Day 3: HighlightsThe former England captain and Keaton Jennings managed to negotiate a tricky passage of 9 overs before the tea break after which Cook came into his own, batting patiently till the close of play while wickets fell at the other end.That’s all for Day 3!We’re 114-2 with Cook (46) & Root (29) at the crease, a lead of 154. Well played lads #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/pUbWWg296nEngland’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 9, 2018India vs England 5th Test Day 3 at The Oval: As it happenedRoot, who was on a pair, gave him good support as he looked to play positively while Cook held up one end. The duo managed to increase the run rate in the final session as the Indian bowlers started to tire.Hanuma Vihari becomes 26th Indian to score 50 on Test debutadvertisementFor the visitors, it was Mohammed Shami who managed to draw first blood as he castled Jennings from around the wicket for 10.Jennings scratched around for 10 before offering no shot to a Mohammed Shami delivery to be clean bowled — extending his run of test innings without a half century to 18.Once again India’s seam attack bowled with menace and at one stage delivered 31 dot balls before Cook broke the siege.Moeen Ali was fortunate to survive when his attempted drive off Ishant Sharma took a thick edge and flew head high to KL Rahul at second slip but he dropped the chance.Cook took the lead past 100 but India made a timely breakthrough as Jadeja tempted Moeen into a drive and bowled him through the gate out of the rough.With clutches of wickets falling late on the previous two days India’s hopes of a consolation win to end a losing series remained just about intact but Root and Cook were taking the game away from them by the close.Stumps on Day 3 of the 5th Test.England 332 & 114/2, lead India 292 by 154 runs.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/P2srdAjAzEBCCI (@BCCI) September 9, 2018India need to be mentally stronger to win overseas: Adam GilchristEarlier, India mounted a spirited fightback earlier to limit their first-innings deficit to a modest 40 thanks to a superb 86 by Ravindra Jadeja and a debut half century from Hanuma Vihari.Having begun the day in a hole on 174-6 in reply to England’s 332, India were eventually all out for 292.Winning the last Test before going home will be really important: RahaneVihari completed his half-century and became the 26th Indian Test player to score 50-plus on debut but got out soon after for 56.Jadeja then took charge of the innings and entertained the Oval crowd for more than an hour as he batted superbly with the tail-enders.India’s resistance frustrated James Anderson’s quest to grab the three wickets he needs to overtake Australia’s Glenn McGrath’s all-time test-wicket record of 563 for a fast bowler.Jadeja, who replaced all-rounder Hardik Pandya in this Test match, went on to reach 86 before running out of partners. His knock, which included 11 boundaries and a massive six, kept India in the game after yet another failure from the Indian top order.James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes finished with two wickets each while Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Sam Curran got one each.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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