Having bowled out India cheaply for 148 on the first day, England has gone on to post a formidable total of 385 for 7 by the close of Day 2 in the 5th Investec Test at The Kia Oval in London.
Above pic: LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 16: Joe Root of England bats during day two of 5th Investec Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
The second day’s play saw England lose an early wicket as Sam Robson’s off stump was sent for a walk by a full length delivery from Varun Aaron at 140 kmph. Sam Robson added only four more runs to his overnight score of 33. England consolidated its position thanks to Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance scoring half centuries.
The post lunch session saw some big time drama as India after a long gap finally managed to win a session! The visitors picked up four wickets for just 38 runs in a little under 10 overs. Varun Aaron started the slide having Alastair Cook playing a loose drive and edging it to the diving Murali Vijay at first slip. Cook scored 79 from 183 balls with 9 fours.
R Ashwin got Gary Ballance out, caught jabbing a forward defence to silly point for 64. Ishant Sharma had Ian Bell cheaply for 7 with a length ball that kicked away from wide of the crease. Moeen Ali got out to Ashwin leaving the ball too late and bottom edging it on to the stumps.
England bounced back strongly with Joe Root scoring 92 not out from 129 balls with 9 fours and a six. Jos Buttler with 45 and Chris Jordan with 19* supported Root in securing England’s position in this Test match. England are sitting pretty with a first innings lead of 237 with still some batting left.