London: One session made the difference as India were back with a sniff in the fifth Test at The Oval on Friday. After winning the toss and opting to bat in Alastair Cook’s final game, England got off to a decent start before Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Keaton Jennings.
But Moeen Ali and Cook put the hosts in control with a 73-run partnership to take the game away from India at tea. However, Virat Kohli and co did wonders in the final session to shift the momentum in their favour.
Jasprit Bumrah got the breakthrough with the wicket of Cook before quickly getting rid of Joe Root for a duck. Ishant Sharma then took matters in his own hands and cut through the middle order, leaving the hosts in trouble.
The visitors will want to perform with the same zeal on Saturday as they aim to spoil Cook’s farewell party.
Eventually India's day. Dramatic post-tea session— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 7, 2018
England 181-7 after 83 overs:
WICKET! Ishant Sharma on a roll. Sam Curran tries to defend but changes his mind at the last minute, nicking the ball towards the keeper. England are crumbling!
From 133/1 to 181/7....gotta love the way lIndian fast bowling has, time and again, brought the team right back into the game. #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 7, 2018
CAUGHT! It's the end of Moeen Ali after 170 deliveries. Ishant Sharma forces a faint edge from the blade of the batsman and Pant makes no mistakes.
England 172-5 after 78 overs:
LBW! Jadeja bowls it full as Stokes tries to play across the line. Misses his shot and the umpire raises his finger.
This is not a bat-first-170-5 pitch. India have been very disciplined and relentless but England must worry about their batting— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 7, 2018
England 169-4 after 76 overs:
150 UP! Can England cope up after losing a flurry of wickets? Moeen Ali has been there for a while and needs more support from Ben Stokes.
England 134-4 after 66 overs:
WICKET! What a comeback this is turning around to be for India. Bairstow departs for a duck after edging one towards Rishabh Pant.
Three wickets in two overs is a stunning turnaround in the match. Beyond a point, stonewalling. Is counterproductive in the modern 5-day game England realising to their chagrin. Bumrah and Ishant brilliant!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 7, 2018
England 133-3 after 64 overs:
LBW! Double blow for England as they lose Joe Root for a duck. Pitched up, comes in sharply as the batsman is early into his flick. Umpire raises his finger and UltaEdge confirms no bat.
BOWLED! Bumrah gets the precious wicket of Cook. The batsman plays at the delivery but manages to get a thick inside edge that crashes into the middle stump.
England tightened the screws as they finished at 123-1 at tea on the fifth Test at the Oval on Friday. After losing Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook steered the hosts past the century mark to push Virat Kohli and co on the back foot.
However, India's spirited bowling performance doesn't do justice to the scorecards. They should have a couple of wickets in the session with Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja causing trouble.
England 107-1 after 49 overs:
FIFTY! Alastair Cook becomes the first opener this series to reach a half-century. His 57th overall in Test cricket.
The first session on Day one of the fifth Test match between England and India at The Oval belonged to the hosts, with Alastair Cook (37 runs) and Moeen Ali (2 runs) looking in good touch.
After building a 60-run stand with Cook,
England 60-1 after 23.1 overs
WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja gets the breakthrough as he removes Keaton Jennings for 23 runs, courtesy a catch by KL Rahul at leg slip.
England 57-0 after 21 overs
This session has so far belonged to the hosts, and Alastair Cook seems to have got off to a strong start in his final match. While Cook has scored 30 runs, Keaton Jennings has scored 21 runs.
England have opted to bat after winning the toss.
For India, Hanuma Vihari makes his Test debut, coming in place of Hardik Pandya.
Here is the confirmed playing XI for both teams:
IND XI: S Dhawan, L Rahul, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, H Vihari, R Pant, R Jadeja, I Sharma, M Shami, J Bumrah— BCCI (@BCCI) September 7, 2018
ENG XI: A Cook, K Jennings, M Ali, J Root, J Bairstow, B Stokes, J Buttler, S Curran, A Rashid, S Broad, J Anderson— BCCI (@BCCI) September 7, 2018
All eyes will be on England’s Alastair Cook as he prepares to bid adieu to international cricket when the hosts take on Virat Kohli-led India in the fifth Test starting at The Oval on Friday.
Cook, who will play his 161st and final Test, recently announced that the upcoming Test would be his last international game.
Meanwhile, with Joe Root and co already having sealed the series 3-1, the visitors will play for pride and hope to sign off the tour on a high.
Despite coming close in the previous Test at Southampton, England bowlers were too good for the visitors as they are still in search for a first Test series win in England since 2007.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting if Hanuma Vihari gets a game ahead of Hardik Pandya. Vihari is yet to make his international debut.
England: Joe Root(Captain), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow(wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Ollie Pope
India: Virat Kohli(Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, , Prithvi Shaw.
The match is scheduled to start at 3.30 P.M. IST.
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