India vs England Highlights, 4th Test, Day 2: Rohit, Rahul safely take India to 43/0 at stumps, trail by 56 runs
India vs England 4th Test Day 2: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided India a positive start, taking their score in the second innings to 43/0 at stumps on Day 2. India are behind England by 56 runs. Chris Woakes struck his sixth Test fifty and then got run out as India bowled England out for 290. England lead India by 99 runs in the final session of the day. Ollie Pope dragged it back onto his stumps off Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja got Ollie Robinson out early. kept England's hopes of taking a sizeable first innings lead alive despite Ravindra Jadeja getting Moeen Ali out. Mohammed Siraj had dismissed Jonny Bairstow to bring India back in the game after Lunch. A quickfire 77-run partnership off 109 balls between Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope gave England the slight yet significant advantage at Lunch on Day 2 of the fourth Test against India at The Oval. Umesh Yadav had given India the perfect start by dismissing Nightwatchman Craig Overton for 1 and then following it up with the important wicket of Dawid Malan but after Bairstow and Pope hit a flurry of boundaries to change the course of the match. India were bowled out for 191 in their first innings after being asked to bat first.
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Sep 03, 2021 11:03 PM IST
End of Day 2
India have done well to finish the day on 43/0 (Rohit 20*, Rahul 22), behind England by 56 runs. They started the innings with a 99-run lead, out of which 43 have been taken out. Job well done! Interesting day to say the least. India had England reduced to 62/5 before the next two partnerships added 89 and 65 runs. Ollie Pope held the innings together with a brilliant 81, taking England in the lead, and towards the end, it was Chris Woakes' blazing fifty that swelled it to almost a 100. Day 3 is ideally the best day for batting. But remember, we are already into the third innings of this Test match. The team that wins the first hour tomorrow is likely to strengthen its grip in the match. Hope you had a fun day. Join us tomorrow for what promises to be another engaging day of Test cricket.
Sep 03, 2021 10:52 PM IST
Rahul finding his groove
Terrific stroke. Chops the ball late for his fourth boundary of the innings. India move to 40, with Rohit and Rahul once again providing the team with a positive start.
Sep 03, 2021 10:45 PM IST
Final 15 minutes remain
Rohit tucks a single off his pads off Woakes as India move to 35/0. Rohit and Rahul have provided the team yet another positive start, and both batsmen would be eager to play put the final 15 minutes of the day and come out fresh tomorrow, India trail by 64.
Sep 03, 2021 10:33 PM IST
Anderson troubling Rohit
The surface may have eased out considerably but you cannot take James Anderson out of the equation. If the first innings was all about swinging the ball, he has come out in the second innings making the ball bounce from length. He has already found Rohit's inside edge twice.
Sep 03, 2021 10:23 PM IST
Rahul is on song
FOUR! What a shot! On a length, just outside off. Rahul stays back and punches it through cover for a boundary.
Sep 03, 2021 10:13 PM IST
Gorgeous from Rohit
FOUR! Full ball, outside off. Rohit Sharma drives it through covers. Haseeb Hameed gives it a chase and saves a run for his side as the batters run three.
Sep 03, 2021 10:07 PM IST
Edged and dropped
Rory Burns just didn't see it at all. It was a genuine outside edge from Rohit's bat and Burns was not ready at all. He in fact, stood up instead of crouching low. A terrible misjudgment. Anderson won't be happy at all. Rohit gets a life
Sep 03, 2021 10:03 PM IST
Rahul is away
FOUR! So easy to the eye is KL Rahul. He knew there is not much lateral movement on offer, puts a good positive stride in and plays the drive on the up. There's no stopping that one.
Sep 03, 2021 10:01 PM IST
Boundary for Rohit
FOUR! Not in full control there Rohit. He looks to be eager to score quickly in this innings and hence went it with hard hands, got on the outside part of the bat and luckily for him it went through the vacant gully region.
Sep 03, 2021 09:57 PM IST
India are away
Rohit tucks the ball in the gap and takes a single to get himself and India off the mark in the second innings. KL Rahul comes on strike. After that brilliant century at Lord's, he's endured four low scores. India definitely needs one of their two openers to fire big.
Sep 03, 2021 09:54 PM IST
And we're underway… India's 2nd innings begins
Here we go. Not a long break between innings. Jimmy Anderson has the ball, Rohit Sharma on strike. Three slips and a gully. England remember how they got him out in the first innings.
Sep 03, 2021 09:44 PM IST
England bowled out for 290
RUN OUT! Good work by Jasprit Bumrah. Anderson wanted the single but Woakes wasn't quite ready. Bumrah, on his follow through, did well to hit the stumps after collecting the return from Pant. So England lead by 99 runs.
Sep 03, 2021 09:41 PM IST
Fifty for Waokes
FOUR! Didn't get the desired connection but the result is what matters the most. It's a boundary that brings up the sixth Test fifty for Chris Woakes. What an important innings this has been from the all-rounder. The applause from the England dressing room bears testimony to the importance of this.
Sep 03, 2021 09:30 PM IST
Bumrah is up and running
Good new for India, Bumrah is fit and fine. But he has been hammered for a boundary by Woakes. This is turning out to be a great Test match for Woakes.
Sep 03, 2021 09:25 PM IST
Bumrah has done something to his calf here
Trouble for India. Bumrah, almost immediately after delivering the ball grabbed his left calf and hobbled across to the cover area. The Indian physio rushes in. The whole of India would be hoping, this is just a cramp.
Sep 03, 2021 09:23 PM IST
Woakes getting important runs
FOUR! Woakes almost ended up making a bit too much room for himself but still somehow managed to get enough bat on that wide one from Umesh Yadav to get it to the boundary. England's lead now crosses 80.
Sep 03, 2021 09:12 PM IST
Poor from Shardul Thakur. This will hurt India real bad. First one a was full and wide, Woakes drove it for a four and then he dragged it down but he doesn't have the pace to trouble Woakes, who pulls it for another boundary.
Sep 03, 2021 09:06 PM IST
Jadeja gets Robinson
OUT! BOWLED! Ravindra Jadeja strikes from the other end now! A tossed up delivery, around middle. Ollie Robinson gets low to slog-sweep but he misses it completely as the ball turns away a bit and goes past his blade onto the stumps. Two wickets in quick succession here for India are they are right back in the game.
Sep 03, 2021 09:03 PM IST
Shardul gets Pope
OUT! Dragged on! A wicket against the run of play! Shardul Thakur strikes as Ollie Pope has thrown away his wicket here! Huge wicket this for India in the context of this game as Pope was well set and marching along nicely. Thakur serves a good-length ball, outside off. Pope looks to guide it through third man but only manages an inside edge and the ball crashes onto the stumps. He is very disappointed with himself as he has to walk back after a hard-fought 81.
Sep 03, 2021 08:45 PM IST
England lead over 50 now
England's lead is growing and growing quickly. It has crossed 50 now.
Sep 03, 2021 08:36 PM IST
Woakes starts with two fours
Good from Woakes. He controlled that shot pretty well. Bumrah is known for surprising the batsman with one that bounces a bit too much. Waokes was up to the task. Just taps it past the slip cordon for a boundary.
The next one is even better. Just a push off the back foot and it races away through the vacant backward point region.
Sep 03, 2021 08:31 PM IST
Day 2, final session
Right then, we are all set for the final session of the Day. You really can't get your eyes off this Test match, can you? From a neutral point of view one would like to believe that is slightly hanging in England's favour at the moment, especially considering the abilities of Chris Woakes and Robinson with the bat.
Sep 03, 2021 08:11 PM IST
Tea, Day 2
Another shared session one would like to believe, especially after the Moeen Ali wicket. England have reached 227/7 at Tea on Day 2. They are leading by 36 runs with Ollie Pope (74) and Chris Woakes (6) in the middle.
Sep 03, 2021 08:00 PM IST
Jadeja gets the breakthrough
OUT! What a terrible shot that was from Moeen Ali. After doing all the hard work and having India thinking, he plays a slog off Jadeja only to get a top edge. Rohit Sharma was not dropping that one. Moeen's wicket provides a lease of life to India, who were looking dejected as the partnership was growing. England 222/7
Sep 03, 2021 07:52 PM IST
Ball being changed
Looks like India have complained about the shape of the ball. The fourth umpire has walked out with a box of used balls and the umpires have a selected one and handed over to Siraj. But Virat Kohli still not that happy.
Sep 03, 2021 07:50 PM IST
Pope and Moeen in full control
The runs are flowing once again for England. This tactics of using Jadeja is not working as they quite happy to take the singles. England's lead now 24 runs.
Sep 03, 2021 07:40 PM IST
200 up for England
FOUR! Leg byes. That would have hurt Moeen Ali. It hit flush on the elbow and raced away to the fine leg boundary. This also brings up England's 200.
Sep 03, 2021 07:36 PM IST
England take the first innings
Huge cheers, a round of applause as England take the all important first innings lead.
Sep 03, 2021 07:32 PM IST
FOUR! A backfoot punch that would make any batsman in the world proud. Time and again, Moeen Ali plays such strokes that just makes you wonder why isn't a greater success in Test cricket. The scores, meanwhile, are level.
Sep 03, 2021 07:24 PM IST
England inches away from lead
England are now inches away from taking the first innings lead now. Bumrah and Shardul have managed to keep it tight in the last couple of overs but breakthrough is not coming for India.
Sep 03, 2021 07:10 PM IST
Moeen attacks Shardul
A booming square cut followed by a cracking pull shot. If it wasn't for a brilliant fielding effort by Umesh Yadav in the fine leg boundary, it would have resulted in consecutive fours for Moeen Ali. Shardul Thakur is not looking like taking a wicket here. England only 6 away from India's total.
Sep 03, 2021 07:05 PM IST
Edged and four
FOUR! Every now and then one ball would just zip through in England and this was one of them from Bumrah. It found the outside edge of Moeen's bat but unfortunately it went through the vacant gully area. England inching closer to the first innings lead now. They are only 13 behind India now.
Sep 03, 2021 07:02 PM IST
Moeen and Pope solid
Nothing seems to be happening in the air or off the pitch for the Indian bowlers. Even Jasprit Bumrah looks ineffective. But credit must be given to Moeen and Pope for being patient and waiting for the odd scoring opportunities.
Sep 03, 2021 06:43 PM IST
Fifty for Ollie Pope
FOUR! Clipped off his pads and Ollie Pope raises his bat for a well-made fifty. It has been a very good innings from the right-hander. Playing his first Test of the series, Pope has looked all in control. His sixth Test fifty but he would like to add to that one Test hundred of his and take England ahead of India.
Sep 03, 2021 06:31 PM IST
Siraj breaks the partnership
OUT! Siraj traps Bairstow (37). A much-needed wicket for India. It was the Siraj nip-backer, just jagging back from length and thudding on the batsman's front pad. Bairstow fell for it. He was given out by the on-field umpire but he went for the review, possibly thinking that the ball was sliding down the leg side. The replays, however, showed three reds. England lose Bairstow and a review. They are151/6
Sep 03, 2021 06:25 PM IST
150 up for India
Bairstow takes a quick single off Jadeja and that brings up the 150 for England. They are now only 41 runs away from India's first innings total.
Sep 03, 2021 06:17 PM IST
Siraj starts well
Siraj, who only bowled 5 overs till Lunch, has started well in this second session. India need to keep the runs down and moreover, take wickets.
Sep 03, 2021 06:10 PM IST
Second session Day 2
Welcome back to the live coverage of India vs England 4th Test Day 2 at The Oval. We are all set for the second session, which could well turn out to be the most important one of this Test match.
Sep 03, 2021 05:32 PM IST
Lunch, Day 2
That will Lunch on Day 2. It has been a fantastic session of Test cricket. England 139 for 5, trail India by 52 runs. England would believe that this partnership between Bairstow and Pope has given the advantage but India would know that they can still make a comeback in this match.
Sep 03, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Pope showing his class
FOUR! A fraction over-pitched from Bumrah and that was enough for Pope to bring out his drive. He got on top of the bounce and leaned into the drive.
Sep 03, 2021 05:15 PM IST
Jadeja starts well
India need some control back in this innings and who better than Jadeja to provide that. Kohli throws the ball to his lone spinner and Jadeja doesn't disappoint, bowls a quiet over of just 1 run.
Sep 03, 2021 05:05 PM IST
Another confident stroke from Bairstow
FOUR! The boundaries continue to flow for England. A nice juicy half volley by Umesh Yadav and Bairstow, in one-day mode, punches it through covers to collect another boundary. All of a sudden, India can't stop the boundaries. England 125/5
Sep 03, 2021 04:56 PM IST
Jarvo is back
And we have an interruption in play as Jarvo came running on the pitch again and this time also rammed into Bairstow before being escorted away by the security. This is turning out be serious, this is the third time, he has breached the security in this series. Nevertheless, play is resuming.
Sep 03, 2021 04:48 PM IST
100 up for England, 28 runs in 2 overs
Seven boundaries in the last 12 balls including one legbye. The game has suddenly shifted gears. India will have to be very careful now. They don't have the luxury to leak runs. England 102/2
Sep 03, 2021 04:45 PM IST
Bairstow joins the act
A hat-trick of FOURS! Bairstow was not fully in control on this occasion but credit to him for playing it with soft hands which allowed the ball roll along the ground and reach the third man boundary.
The next one was another a streaky one. Bairstow flicked it in the air and thankfully for him, the ball was just outside the reach of the mid-wicket fielder.
There was no question about the third one there. It was short and wide from Siraj and Bairstow just cut it with disdain.
Sep 03, 2021 04:40 PM IST
Delightful from Pope
FOUR! Picture-perfect on-drive from Pope. It's considered to be one of most difficult shots in cricket and when played well, it makes everyone stand and applaud. A nice back and across movement from Pope and he lets his hands do the rest. What's more? He followed it with another on drive this time to right of the mid on fielder for another boundary. England 90/5
Sep 03, 2021 04:35 PM IST
A good period of play for England
Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow have played confident strokes despite England losing half their side. This is a good sign for them, as it shows that they are willing to score.
Sep 03, 2021 04:25 PM IST
Pope gets a boundary
FOUR! A streaky one for Ollie Pope. He was taken by surprise by that Bumrah bouncer but somehow managed to get a glove on it. The ball lobbed up in the air but was far away from keeper Pant's reach.
Sep 03, 2021 04:16 PM IST
Bairstow off the mark
FOUR! What a pretty-looking shot that was from Jonny Bairstow. Nothing wrong with that delivery from Umesh. He pitched it full to allow the ball to swing but there was not much there and Bairstow put a decent stride forward and just stoked it straight back past the bowler. The short mid-off fielder had no chance to cut that off.
Sep 03, 2021 04:10 PM IST
India lose a review
Review time! India have opted for a review as Jonny Bairstow is rapped on the pads. The replays suggest that the ball was going down leg, so Bairstow survives and India lose a review here.
Sep 03, 2021 04:05 PM IST
Umesh strikes again
OUT! Umesh Yadav picks up his third. Dawid Malan departs. It was a lovely delivery just angling across the left-hander. Malan, who had been so precise with his judgements so far, just poked at it and got the outside edge, Rohit Sharma took a good catch in the slips. England 62/5
Sep 03, 2021 03:58 PM IST
Good positive strokes
A couple of good strokes - one each from Malan and Pope. The latter would particularly pleased with the way he found the timing in that backfoot punch of Umesh Yadav.
Sep 03, 2021 03:52 PM IST
Maiden from Bumrah
The pressure is on the England batsman and Jasprit Bumrah has settled into a very nice rhythm early on Day 2, good signs for India. England will have to be careful here.
Sep 03, 2021 03:46 PM IST
First boundary of Day 2
FOUR! That's not the right line to bowl to Malan. Umesh drifted down the leg side and Malan is very very strong there. He just flicks it off his pads and the ball races away to the boundary. England 58/4
Sep 03, 2021 03:41 PM IST
Just one over for Mohammed Siraj and we have Jasprit Bumrah into the attack. It was a bit of surprise not to see start the proceedings but it's not too late. He is up against England's new man Ollie Pope.
Sep 03, 2021 03:38 PM IST
Ideal start for India
OUT! Umesh Yadav removes nightwatchman Craig Overton (1) in the second over of the day. It was similar to the Haseeb Hameed wicket last night. It was a bit short and wide, Overton's eyes lit up, he went for the cut shot but the bounce did him. He got an outside edge and Virat Kohli at first slip takes a good sharp catch. England 53/4
Sep 03, 2021 03:36 PM IST
A maiden from Siraj
A good start from Siraj. There were no loose deliveries but more importantly there was no swing either. The Indian bowlers will once again have to be on their toes as they don't have a lot of runs to play with.
Sep 03, 2021 03:31 PM IST
Players out in the middle
The players are out in the middle. We are all set for Day 2. Mohammed Siraj starts the proceedings for India, Dawid Malan on strike for England.
Sep 03, 2021 03:19 PM IST
Bumrah one wicket away from 100 scalps
Bumrah needs one wicket to get to 100 Test wickets. He started this Test with 97 scalps to his name, got the wickets of Burns and Hameed to reach 99. Bumrah has a fantastic average off only 22.45, has been a star for India in all formats.
Sep 03, 2021 03:15 PM IST
What a comeback by Chris Woakes
"I was desperate to play cricket. It's been a bit tricky coming back from a heel injury. I was watching from home, always wanting to be a part of the series.
"It's been a weird year, been up and down, caught in isolation then in summer picked up a niggle. It was worth the wait and I really enjoyed it," said Woakes, who picked four for 55.
Sep 03, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Day 2 pitch report
There's a bit of cloud cover and that'll assist the swing bowlers. The pitch has slightly changed its colour and it has become a bit drier as compared to day 1. This wicket will get better and better for batting, reckons Dominic Cork.
Sep 03, 2021 03:00 PM IST
Will not picking Ashwin hurt India?
So far, it doesn't appear it will but Test match is a five-day contest and Oval is a venue that is known to assist the spinners towards the end of the Test match mainly Day 4 and 5. India would be hoping their four seamers can do a good job bring their side right back in the contest.
Sep 03, 2021 02:55 PM IST
Jasprit Bumrah the main man
There were talks that Bumrah might not be as effective in England as he perhaps has been in other conditions but all of those thoughts were put to rest by the Indian seamer. After producing consistent performances in the first three Tests, Bumrah showed his class yesterday again when he put his hands up to bring India back in the contest. Bumrah dismissed Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed in his first spell.
Sep 03, 2021 02:43 PM IST
How important was Joe Root's wicket?
MASSSSSSSSSSIVVE! Root has scored 35% of England's runs in Test cricket this year. And if that is not enough. He has scored a hundred in each of the three Tests in this series. The importance of that Umesh Yadav delivery to Root was such that straight away made the matters even-steven at The Oval. It had to be brilliant delivery to find a gap between Root's bat and pad and Umesh surely produced one towards the end of Day 1 to hit the top of off stump.
Sep 03, 2021 02:37 PM IST
'England still favourites'
“Generally I feel England are still favourites. This pitch will get better and better and the weather at The Oval is set to be fantastic,” said Nasser Hussain at Sony Sports Network ahead of the start of Day 2.
Sep 03, 2021 02:29 PM IST
It's overcast at The Oval
Just like yesterday, dark clouds have greeted us today at The Oval but there are minimal chances of the rain playing spoilsport. India won't complain, they know that the overcast conditions would allow the ball to swing just a little bit more.
Sep 03, 2021 02:27 PM IST
Shardul Thakur slammed the second-fastest Test fifty by an Indian off just 31 balls on Day 1. In the Indian dressing room, he is referred to as 'Beefy' which is legendary Ian Botham's famous nickname while fans affectionately call him ‘Lord’ on social media. What does the India all-rounder think about this?
"Pretty happy getting so much love from teammates that they want to call me by a certain nickname," Shardul said with a smile.
Sep 03, 2021 02:22 PM IST
Concerns rising over Indian batting
When lower-order is repeatedly making hefty efforts to take the team's total to a respectable one, one can say with conviction that the top and middle order is doing not its job. India's No.3, 4 and 5 names Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane are averaging in the mid twenties in Tests since 2020, which is the second-worst among all Test playing nations. The vulnerabilities in front of the swinging delivery are more prominent than ever and although there was a fifty here and there from Pujara and Kohli's bat in this series but even they would agree that they have been disappointing collectively.
Sep 03, 2021 02:14 PM IST
Day 1 recap
India's batting was once again a major disappointment. They had very few answers to control and swing of the English seamers after being sent in to bat first at The Oval. Wait, are we sounding like a broken record? Well, can't blame us or any of the Indian cricket fans. If it wasn't for a swashbuckling fifty by Shardul Thakur, India were once again starting at a very low first innings total. Mind you, 191 isn't that comforting either but it at least gives something to the bowlers. And it indeed looked a lot more after Jasprit Bumrah removed the England openers with only six runs on the board and Umesh Yadav gave a telling blow near to stumps by removing England skipper Joe Root. England are 53/3, trailing India by 138 runs.
Sep 03, 2021 10:22 AM IST
India vs England 4th Test Day 2 - LIVE!
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