Aug 17 () : England dominated day 2 of the 5th Test ending the day on 385/7, a lead of 237 runs , as against India’s first innings score of 148, thus shutting out India completely from the test match at The Oval.
On a day when the Indian bowlers were expected to replicate the work of their English counterparts, they failed spectacularly. The first breakthrough came in the second over of the day when Aaron cleaned up Robson with the score on 66. This was the only success in the morning as Cook and Ballance put on 125 runs in 37 runs. It was Aaron who provided the wicket, again, accounting for Cook when he was on 79.
Balance soon followed caught by Pujara off the bowling of Ashwin who bowled better than he had done in all his matches outside the sub-continent. Ashwin just bowled two carom balls in his entire spell thus bowling a consistent line and good length.
When Ishant got rid of Bell for 7 and Ashwin added Ali to his wickets tally, England had lost 4 wickets for 38 runs in the second session and gave hopes of restricting the lead to less than 100. The hope was dashed by Buttler and Root who yet again tormented India by putting on 80 crucial runs in less than 25 overs.
Woakes soon followed, but Root found good company in Jordan and the pair upped the scoring rate by adding 67 runs in just 10 overs, a run rate of 6.7 which at a test match level is phenomenal.
Aaron and Binny went for more than 4.5 runs an over while Bhuvaneshwar Kumar leaked runs at 3.6 per over. This ensured there was no pressure built from either side as more than a 100 runs were scored down third man, which was left unmanned, in spite of so many runs being scored down there.
Team India are staring at yet another defeat and they will be hoping the batsmen can put up a decent fight this time around and before that they will look to get rid of Root who has scored his 5th consecutive score of 50+ in a test this series.
India vs England 2014 Test Series Scorecard
Stumps – Day 2
|INDIA 1st innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|M Vijay||c Root b Woakes||18||92||64||0||0||28.12|
|G Gambhir||c †Buttler b Anderson||0||3||1||0||0||0.00|
|CA Pujara||b Broad||4||23||19||0||0||21.05|
|V Kohli||lbw b Jordan||6||31||18||1||0||33.33|
|AM Rahane||c & b Jordan||0||10||8||0||0||0.00|
|MS Dhoni*†||c Woakes b Broad||82||209||140||15||1||58.57|
|STR Binny||c Cook b Anderson||5||49||30||0||0||16.66|
|R Ashwin||c Root b Woakes||13||30||17||1||0||76.47|
|B Kumar||c †Buttler b Jordan||5||13||11||1||0||45.45|
|VR Aaron||c & b Woakes||1||27||17||0||0||5.88|
|I Sharma||not out||7||71||42||0||0||16.66|
|Extras||(b 6, lb 1)||7|
|Total||(all out; 61.1 overs)||148||(2.41 runs per over)|
|ENGLAND 1st innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|AN Cook*||c Vijay b Aaron||79||247||183||9||0||43.16|
|SD Robson||b Aaron||37||92||70||6||0||52.85|
|GS Ballance||c Pujara b Ashwin||64||177||117||13||0||54.70|
|IR Bell||c †Dhoni b Sharma||7||28||16||0||0||43.75|
|JE Root||not out||92||129||9||1||71.31|
|MM Ali||b Ashwin||14||28||24||2||0||58.33|
|JC Buttler†||c Ashwin b Sharma||45||107||73||9||0||61.64|
|CR Woakes||c †Dhoni b Kumar||0||6||3||0||0||0.00|
|CJ Jordan||not out||19||25||2||0||76.00|
|Extras||(b 14, lb 3, w 1, nb 10)||28|
|Total||(7 wickets; 105 overs)||385||(3.66 runs per over)|
Scorecard courtesy :espncricinfo.com