Cook, Root strengthen England on Day 3 at The Oval

Cook, Root strengthen England on Day 3 at The Oval

India tour of England 2018, Fifth Test Match, England vs India – England lead by 154 runs in their second innings with 8 wickets in hand

Sunday, September 9, 2018, The Oval, London

Day 3 Wrap:

Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja played their part in carrying India close to England’s first innings total. In this process, Vihari on debut scored 56 runs while Jadeja left stranded on 86* as India bowled out for 292 in their first innings conceding England a 40-run first innings lead. This is Jadeja’s ninth half century in this format while Vihari’s fifty will keep many mouths shut especially after all the drama over his selection for the fifth Test match!

Alastair Cook along with Joe Root batted well in the third session on Day 3 to extend England’s lead. Keaton Jennings once again in this series shouldered his arms and lost his wicket, this time he was cleaned up by Shami with an in-swinger. Moeen Ali walked in at no. 3 played a good number of 52 deliveries for his 20 runs before Jadeja disturbed his stumps.

At stumps on Day 3, Cook unbeaten on 46* is at the crease along with Root who was batting on 29*. England are currently leading India by 154 runs in their second innings with 8 wickets in hand. At this juncture, hosts are in complete control of the game while India have to push their limits if there thinking to win this Test match!

Cook had scored a half-century in the first innings and is batting on 46* in the second innings at The Oval. This has been so far a great game for him in his last hurrah at the International cricket!

Match Summary (so far):

England– 332 all out (Jos Butter – 89, Alastair Cook – 71, Ravindra Jadeja – 4/79, Ishant Sharma – 3/62) & 114/2 (Alastair Cook – 46*, Joe Root – 29*, Mohammad Shami – 1/32, Ravindra Jadeja – 1/36) lead India – 292 all out (Ravindra Jadeja – 86*, Hanuma Vihari – 56, Moeen Ali – 2/50, James Anderson – 2/54) by 154 runs in the second innings

Top Performer on Day 3:

Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 87* runs and a wicket



Playing XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Bench:Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes


Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Bench:Prithvi Shaw, Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin

Specsavers Test Series Schedule:

Test #1: Aug 01 – 05, England vs India, Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Test #2: Aug 09 – 13, England vs India, Venue: Lord’s, London
Test #3: Aug 18 – 22, England vs India, Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Test #4: Aug 20 – Sep 03, England vs India, Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Test #5: Sep 07 – 11, England vs India, Venue: The Oval, London

** Photo credits to BBC

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