Match Report
Ollie Pope And Chris Woakes’ Fifties Give England 99-run Lead, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Sep 3, 2021 11:25 pm
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At the start of the second day’s play of The Oval Test between England India, the match was hanging in balance. England were trail by 148 runs and had lost three wickets including the prized scalp of Joe Root.

Ollie Pope scored a fifty in The Oval Test

Umesh Yadav made sure that India finished the first day on high with Root’s wicket. And he ensured a good start too as he removed Craig Overton and Dawid Malan in no time. England were 62/5 and India had a sniff to finish their innings quickly.

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Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope, however, had some other ideas and started counterattacking to put the Indian bowlers under pressure. Both batsmen scored at a brisk pace and shared 89 runs for the sixth wicket before Mohammed Siraj trapped Bairstow LBW.

Meanwhile, Pope kept hurting India with regular boundaries and notched up a half-century in his comeback game. He found a good ally in Moeen Ali who scored 35 runs but threw his wicket away cheaply. Pope got out after scoring 81 runs but by then England marched past India’s total.

Chris Woakes took four wickets with the ball and returned to hurt India with the bat as well. He scored a quickfire fifty and piled on India’s agony. His effort with the bat saw England gaining a crucial 99-run lead at the halfway stage of the fourth Test match.

Umesh Yadav grabbed three wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja managed two wickets apiece.

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In response, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got off to a nervy start. Both batsmen tried to control the innings in their quest to take India to the stumps without losing any wicket. They punished bad balls and scored runs to hunt the lead down.

Rohit (20) and Rahul (22) took India to 43/0 at the stumps. They will try to wipe the remaining 56-run deficit when they turn up to bat again on day three at the Kennington Oval.

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