England 53 for 3 (Malan 26*, Bumrah 2-15) path India 191 (Thakur 57, Kohli 50, Woakes 4-55, Robinson 3-38) by 138 runs
India had been bowled out cheaply on the primary day for the second Check in a row however retained a foothold after taking three England wickets within the late-afternoon sunshine at The Oval.
Chris Woakes – enjoying a first-class sport for the primary time since August 2020 after lacking 11 Checks by isolation, rotation and damage – took 4 wickets and Ollie Robinson continued his wonderful summer season with three, with England’s seamers relentless in decreasing India to 127 for 7.
Most of India’s batters had made begins earlier than being dismissed – Virat Kohli performed fluently for 50 earlier than falling to Robinson for the third consecutive Check – however Shardul Thakur‘s 57 off 36 balls modified the complexion of their innings. He teed off from No. eight after being recalled to the facet, and his half-century – the quickest recorded in a Check in England – gave India one thing to bowl at.
England had chosen to bowl after successful the toss in overcast situations however had been basking in hazy sunshine by the point their openers headed out halfway by the ultimate session. However three late wickets – each openers falling to Jasprit Bumrah and Joe Root castled by Umesh Yadav – left them teetering at 53 for Three by the shut.
A lot of England’s early success got here from bowling dry. That they had initially struggled to seek out swing with the lacquer nonetheless on the brand new ball – James Anderson conceded 20 in his first 4 overs and was punished for overpitching – however Robinson and Woakes hardly ever erred from an excellent size and strung collectively seven consecutive maidens with the rating on 28.
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These maidens included the dismissals of each openers. Woakes, again to health after a freak heel damage struggling slipping down a flight of stairs, had the ball swinging instantly and induced an out of doors edge; Rohit Sharma had been leaving fuller balls, however Woakes dragged his size again and had him caught behind by Jonny Bairstow, protecting wicket with Jos Buttler absent on paternity depart.
And after an immaculate new-ball spell, Robinson had KL Rahul trapped lbw with a nip-backer. The choice was upheld by way of the DRS however solely due to Richard Illingworth’s earlier on-field name; Rahul was almost exterior the road as he was hit on the again pad, however ball-tracking stated umpire’s name.
Anderson’s second spell was a big enchancment, and he had Cheteshwar Pujara feathering an edge behind to Bairstow. Kohli seemed in wonderful contact earlier on, however the primary speaking level over the lunch interval was the promotion of Ravindra Jadeja to No. 5 – seemingly to interrupt up the run of right-hand batters in India’s center order.
Kohli was given a life on 22 by Root, who put down an opportunity at first slip off Woakes – although arguably Rory Burns, at second, ought to have gone for the catch to his left, since Root noticed it late and needed to transfer a protracted strategy to his proper. Root made amends of types in Woakes’ subsequent over, hanging onto one other powerful likelihood off Jadeja’s exterior edge, however Kohli’s fluency was ominous for England.
Following on from a second-innings half-century in Leeds, Kohli adjusted his stance barely, shuffling throughout in direction of his off stump, and drove with authority and timing. The choose of his pictures, a drive on the up by further cowl off Anderson, introduced him to 45, and he reached a second consecutive fifty off solely 85 balls, however Robinson – his nemesis all through this sequence – tied him down.
After absorbing 10 consecutive dot balls, Kohli was anxious to attain and formed to show a size ball into the leg facet, however Robinson’s unerring line and size didn’t permit him to take action. As an alternative, he discovered a touch of nip away off the seam, taking Kohli’s exterior edge and leaving India reeling at 105 for five.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, each underneath stress after poor excursions, fell after contrasting innings: Rahane tentative all through, steering Overton to 3rd slip the place Moeen Ali clung onto a low likelihood; Pant frenetic, skipping right down to hack Woakes’ slower ball to mid-off, three balls after Overton had put him down within the slips.
That left Thakur – introduced again into the facet with Mohammed Shami dominated out with a niggle, Ishant Sharma dropped and R Ashwin missed but once more – because the final batter of any word and he determined the one strategy to go was to assault. He swung exhausting, thumping Overton for six over mid-off and tucking into Woakes, smiting him for six fours and a six.
Thakur rode his luck all through, dropped on 43 after gloving a pull to Bairstow and with a number of pictures falling simply wanting fielders, however flat-batted Robinson again over his head for 4 then pulled his subsequent ball for six to succeed in a 31-ball fifty – the second-fastest by an India batter – which he greeted with a triumphant roar. He was pinned by Woakes, out lbw on evaluation, shortly after, earlier than Bumrah was run out and Umesh Yadav edged behind as India misplaced their final three wickets within the house of 4 balls.
Bumrah blew the sport again open by eradicating each England openers within the house of 5 balls, discovering further bounce from simply wanting a size. Rory Burns seemed to play late however inside-edged onto his personal stumps, and Haseeb Hameed’s tried back-cut solely managed to divert a brief ball into Pant’s gloves.
Root and Dawid Malan rebuilt with some fluency from 6 for two, punishing any width on both facet of the wicket in a stand of 46 in 11.Three overs, however Root’s dismissal late within the day – bowled by an inch-perfect nip-backer from Umesh, which beat his inside edge and kissed the highest of his off stump – might but show to be a big second, protecting India within the sport. Overton was despatched in as nightwatchman and Ollie Pope, recalled in Buttler’s place on his residence floor, shall be due in at No. 6.
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98