London, Sep 9: England reached 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on the third day of the fifth Test against India here on Sunday (September 9). At the close of play, England led by 154 runs with eight wickets remaining at the Oval.
Alastair Cook 46* and Joe Root 28* would start England's innings on Day 4 and look to frustrate Indian bowlers on a penultimate day to consolidate their lead.
Keaton Jennings (10) and Moeen Ali (20) were the two wickets the hosts lost in the second innings. Mohammed Shami gave India their first breakthrough of the innings by cleaning Jennings' with a beauty.
Later in the innings, Ravindra breached Ali's defence with a beauty. Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja played an entertaining knock of 86* and took the visitors to 292 in their first innings.
India began their innings from 174/6, with Hanuma Vihari (50) and Jadeja put up a solid 77-run stand for the eighth wicket. Vihari playing his first innings became the 26th cricketer for India to score a fifty on his debut.
After Vihari's dismissal, Jadeja further hung on with tailenders to drag the visitors' innings to 292. Had Jadeja got the support of the tailenders, he would have managed to slam his maiden Test ton.
As it happened:
This brings us to the end of the third day's play. See you tomorrow.
Stumps! Day 3: England are 114/2 & end the day's play on a high as they lead Indians by 154 runs. Cook - 46* Root - 29* are present at the crease and they'll resume innings tomorrow. A good day of cricket comes to an end. Jadeja and Vihari were the stand out performers for the tourists.
England are 88/2 after 36 overs and the lead has touched 128. Cook is batting at 40 and this has been another composed innings from the big man.
Wicket! Change of the ball has done the trick for India as Ravindra Jadeja cleans up Moeen Ali (20) on the very next delivery he bowls. England - 62/2.
Edged and dropped! KL Rahul has put down a sitter and Moeen Ali survives on 18. Ishant Sharma couldn't hide his frustration.
England reach 49/1 after 23 overs against India. Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali are looking to revive England and the hosts are looking to prevent any further shocks.
England 34/1 after 19 overs and the lead climbs to 74. Cook - 15* and Ali - 5* are looking to revive hosts after Jennings dismissal. Shami is asking a lot of questions but the duo has denied him any success.
Wicket! Mohammed Shami finally gets a wicket in this game as he cleans up Keaton Jennings for 10 with a beauty. England have lost their first wicket and their opening woes also continue like the tourists. England - 27/1 in 12.4 overs.
12 overs have been bowled and India have already wasted their reviews. Is it going to hurt them?
India like to get their reviews out of the way quickly......— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 9, 2018
Tea Break! England 20/0 after 9 overs and they now lead India by 60 runs. Cook and Jennings have managed to keep their wickets intact in this short session.
England 18/0 after 8 overs against India. Cook and Jennings have held guard. Indian captain Virat Kohli has brought spinner Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now.
England 1/0 after 4 overs. Cook is yet to open his account in the second innings.
Jadeja equals Ravi Shastri's feat!
The last time an Indian player had a 80+ innings & 4 wickets innings haul in the same Test in SENA countries -before Ravindra Jadeja today- was in 1992 at the MCG. The player to do so was the current coach Ravi Shastri!#ENGvIND— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 9, 2018
Jennings gets off the mark on the final ball of the second over. England's account is also opened. England-1/0 after 2 overs.
2nd Innings! Alastair Cook walks into the middle for his final innings in Test cricket. The veteran gets a standing ovation as he walks into the middle. Jasprit Bumrah bowls the first over with a maiden.
Run Out! Oh dear... Jasprit Bumrah is run out after hanging into the middle for almost 48 minutes. India's innings comes to an end for 292 and they trail England by 40 runs. Ravindra Jadeja remains unbeaten on 86*. Had it not been that 77-run partnership between Hanuma Vihari (56) and Jadeja, India would have been restricted pretty early.
Ravindra Jadeja has managed to keep his wicket intact and Jasprit Bumrah is also having some entertaining outing with the bat here. India inching closer towards the 300-run mark.
Blooming love Jadeja. He thrives on getting under the skin of opposition - particularly England— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) September 9, 2018
Ravindra Jadeja is doing to England what Jos Buttler did to India. India have reached 282/9. Jadeja has played some crisp shots in this innings and emerged as the highest scorer from his team.
So, England have taken the 2nd new ball in the 88th over and Stuart Broad has been brought into the attack against Bumrah. Broad bowled a flurry of bouncers to the tailender. India 268/9.
Wicket! Mohammed Shami (1) throws his wicket away and Jadeja is running short of companions. India - 260/9. Rashid gets a wicket too. England are looking to wrap things up quickly.
Fifty! Ravindra Jadeja brings up his composed fifty with a boundary. What a knock from the left-hander.
@imjadeja casts aside bravado for application and patience and reaps rich rewards with bat. Fine half century. Could mark turning point in his Test career— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 9, 2018
Wicket! India lose their 8th wicket soon after the match resumed after the lunch break. Ishant Sharma (4) is dismissed by Moeen Ali. They are 249/8.
Lunch! India are 240/7 in 79 overs, and they trail England by 92 runs. Hanuma Vihari (56) and Ravindra Jadeja (41*) have led India's revival well in this session. 77-run stand between these two. Unfortunately, Vihari is back in the pavilion. However, this has been a fine session for the tourists. Good fightback from the Indians.
Wicket! Hanuma Vihari's defiant innings comes to an end as he edges Moeen Ali for 56. The young man was impressive on his debut innings. India - 237/7.
India have reached 220/6 in 72 overs against England. Both the batsmen have applied themselves well so far.
Fifty! Hanuma Vihari has notched up his maiden half-century in his debut innings. What a knock this has been for the debutant? He's applied himself well when the odds were stacked against him.
Hanuma Vihari 26th Indian to register a 50+ score in debut innings.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 9, 2018
The last Indian before him was Hardik Pandya who made 50 at Galle in July 2017.#EngvInd
Four! Vihari hits Stokes for a boundary towards cover and moves on to 45. Sunil Gavaskar in the commentary box lavishes praise upon the debutant.
50-run partnership between Jadeja and Vihari. The duo have hung on and kept the scoreboard ticking. India 211/6 in 68 overs.
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
Of players to bat at least 20 times at No.8 or lower since the start of 2016, Jadeja has the highest average (39.56) of any player in Test cricket.
England have bowled less short-pitched deliveries to Vihari in the morning so far.
England had quite a lot of joy bowling short to Vihari yesterday, and almost had him caught hooking on a few occasions. However today, with the ball swinging, they've pushed their length to him fuller, almost 70cm fuller than on Day Two. #ENGvIND— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) September 9, 2018
200 comes up for India with a boundary off Jadeja's bat. The left-hander got a boundary on the very next delivery as well and Anderson isn't pleased. In the previous over, Vihari hit two boundaries off Broad. That over produced 10 runs.
After 60 overs, India have reached 186/6 and trail by 145 runs. Jadeja and Vihari have hung on.
Anderson bowls the second over of the day and he's getting to swing the ball in the 53rd over. He's making the life of Hanuma Vihari already tough. India - 177/6, trail England by 155 runs.
Earlier in the day, James Anderson was fined 15 percent of his match fees for showing dissent against the not out decision on Virat Kohli.
On-field official Kumar Dharmasena ruled in Kohli's favour, a decision upheld on umpire's call upon review, with replays showing the ball struck the batsman marginally outside the line of off stump. According to an ICC release on Sunday (September 9), "Anderson snatched his cap and jumper from umpire Kumar Dharmasena and then spoke to him in an aggressive manner".
Day 3: Indian batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja are out into the middle to resume batting. Stuart Broad starts with the new ball for England. India 174/6, trail by 158 runs.
Welcome to the live updates on Day 3 of the fifth and final Test match. India would look to score some runs while England would be aiming to claim remaining four wickets.
Theoretically, India need to get around 300 to at least remain in contention in this Test. Remember they bat last— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 9, 2018
Earlier on day two, the Indian batting once again faltered against the swing of James Anderson and Ben Stokes. England bowlers wreaked havoc to get India's top-order once again and put themselves in a commanding position.
India lost the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (3), KL Rahul (37), Cheteshwar Pujara (37), Ajinkya Rahane (0), Virat Kohli (49) and Rishabh Pant (5) under testing conditions.
England posted 332 in their first innings after starting at overnight 198 for seven in their first innings. Indian pacers found some lateral movement in the morning but were unable to get the English tail-enders' out.
The English tail-enders' performance has been the main reason why India are 1-3 down in the series, and it was a near-repeat effort from the home team's lower-order on Saturday morning as Indian bowlers failed to get wickets despite getting assistance from the pitch.