England batsmen Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow put on 77 to bat the hosts right back into the fourth Test against India at the Kennington Oval on Friday. With the opening day seeing the Indian bowlers slowly clawing back into the game, it was important for the hosts to have a good start to the opening session of the second day. While the Indian bowlers started well, the duo of Pope (38*) and Bairstow (34*) brought the hosts back into the session.
At lunch, England’s score read 139/5 — trailing by 52 runs with five wickets in the bag. Both the batsmen mixed caution with aggression as Umesh Yadav clearly looked the most impressive of the Indian bowlers as he picked the wickets of Dawid Malan (31) and Craig Overton (1) to keep the visitors in the game.
While the morning didn’t start that well for the Englishmen, it was Pope and Bairstow who put their head down and ensured that the hosts didn’t lose any further wickets. Umesh though kept bowling a testing line and was on the money on most occasions.
In fact, Jasprit Bumrah too bowled well and was unfortunate to miss the edge of the bat on a number of instances. While Bumrah failed to add to his two wickets in the morning session, Umesh added two to the one prized wicket of Joe Root that he had picked on the opening evening.
Early wicket for the tourists on Day 2.
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Meanwhile, India might have been bundled out for 191 in the first innings, but Jasprit Bumrah dismissed England’s openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed to end scintillating Day 1 of the ongoing fourth Test here at the Kennington Oval on Thursday.
At stumps, England’s score read 53/3– still trailing by 138 runs with seven wickets in hand.
After bundling out India for 191, England got off to a bad start as openers Rory Burns (5) and Haseeb Hameed (0) were sent back to the pavilion in the fourth over by Jasprit Bumrah. On the cusp of stumps, Umesh Yadav got the big fish as he clean bowled England captain Joe Root (21) and the hosts were reduced to 52/3. In the end, Malan and Overton ensured that England does not lose more wickets before stumps.
Earlier, Shardul Thakur might have played a knock of 57 runs, but Chris Woakes’ four-wicket haul helped England bundle out India for 191. Ollie Robinson took three wickets while James Anderson and Craig Overton returned with one wicket each.