London: England are just a wicket away as they aim to put an end to India's second innings with a marginal lead. Spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid caused majority of the damage after the tea break but it was Ravindra Jadeja that proved to be a thorn in England's flesh.
India 260-9 after 86 overs:
CAUGHT! Mohammed Shami goes for the mighty slog but holes it out towards Stuart Broad at long on.
FIFTY! What a way to mark your comeback as Ravindra Jadeja brings up his half-century.
India 250-8 after 84 overs:
CAUGHT! Ishant Sharma departs as Moeen Ali gets his second wicket. Pitched outside off on a fuller length, Ishant drives at it and forces a thick edge that is collected by Bairstow.
Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja got India back into the hunt at tea on day three of the fifth Test at The Oval, after being at 160/6 at one stage. For the first time in the series, there was a hint of promise shown by the India lower-order batsman as they battled with grit and gumption at the crease.
Having lost Virat Kohli just before stumps on day 2, Jadeja and Vihari started slowly and steadily kept the scoreboard ticking as they stitched a fifty partnership.
However, Moeen Ali struck with the wicket of Vihari as the all-rounder was adjudged caught out. With Jadeja still at the crease, the visitors would aim to reach as close to England’s total.
India 237-7 after 37 overs:
WICKET! A gritty knock by Hanuma Vihari comes to and end as Moeen Ali gets the breakthrough for England. The batsman feels the bat has made contact with the pads only but after a review UltraEdge confirms there is a slight nick.
Close call but well played on debut, Hanuma Vihari. Look forward to more.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 9, 2018
India 220-6 after 71 overs:
WHAT A START! Hanuma Vihari reaches fifty in just his first innings for India. Everyone in the dressing room applauds the knock.
Didn’t look that comfortable yesterday but today he is batting beautifully.. well done on your first 50 in test cricket many more to come god bless ya @Hanumavihari— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 9, 2018
India 211-6 after 68 overs:
Fifty partnership comes up between Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja now. India are giving England a taste of their own medicine.
India 204-6 after 63 overs:
200 UP! Vihari and Jadeja have been battling with intent at the crease, with a steady partnership building for India. Can they revive the visitors after a failed bowling performance?
The case for Karun Nair notwithstanding, young @Hanumavihari, after a tentative start, has shown fine application and a lot of grit in his debut Test— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 9, 2018
India find themselves in a precarious position as they welcome day three of the fifth Test at The Oval on Sunday. The ball is in England’s court after they strengthened their first innings lead, battling towards a target of 332 despite being 7 wickets down for 198 on the first day.
Jos Buttler was the star of the show as the Indian bowlers let the hosts off the hook. The second innings began on a terrible note with the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan but KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara pegged things back.
But they were dealt sudden blows, losing both the set batsmen to Sam Curran and James Anderson, the latter also getting rid of Ajinkya Rahane for a duck.
Virat Kohli led the fight back for India but failed to keep guard before the end of stumps as Rishabh Pant also followed his way back to the pavilion. India are 158 runs away with four wickets in hand as they look to grab a consolation win.
The match is scheduled to start at 3.30 P.M. IST.
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