4th Test Day 2 Eng v Ind: Pope, Woakes push England ahead at The Oval
England once again nudged ahead of India on the second day of the fourth Test at The Oval in London in the five-Test series. England gained a 99-run lead to finish on 290 and India at stumps were 43 for no loss still 56 runs behind the home team.
Earlier, England began at their overnight 53 for two but lost early wickets to be reduced to 62 for five. Then Ollie Pope (81: 159b, 260m, 6x4) revived England in the company of Jonny Bairstow (37). The Pope-Bairstow pair added 89 runs for the sixth wicket. Then Pope aded a further 71 runs for the seventh wicket with Moeen Ali (35). Pope continued to hold the innings together. Then it was down a fighting half-century from Chris Woakes (50: 60b, 83m, 11x4) to rub more salt into Indian wounds. India struggled to get the English tail out as Woakes added very crucial runs.
In the end England was bowled out for 290 with a very handy 99-run lead.
For India the key wicket-takers were Umesh Yadav (3-76), Jasprit Bumrah (2-67) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-36).
When stumps were drawn India were 43 for no loss with their openers Rohit Sharma (20 batting) and Lokesh Rahul (22 batting) still at the crease.
India 1st Innings: 191 (61.3)
England 1st Innings: 290 (84)
Fall of wickets: 4-53 (Craig Overton-18.4 ov), 5-62 (Dawid Malan-24.3 ov), 6-151 (Jonny Bairstow-46.5 ov), 7-222 (Moeen Ali-67.2 ov), 8-250 (Ollie Pope-76.1 ov), 9-255 (Ollie Robinson-77.1 ov), 10-290 (Chris Woakes-83.6 ov)
India 2nd Innings: 43-0 (16)
End of Day 2: India trail by 56 runs
Umesh Yadav addressed a virtual press conference after Day 2 of the fourth Test against England at The Oval, London.
Credit - BCCI
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Toss: England, elected to field
Venue: The Oval, London
Start time: 1100 hrs (UK Time)
Match officials: Alex Wharf, Richard Illingworth (On-field umpires); Michael Gough (TV Umpire); Mike Burns (Reserve Umpire); Chris Broad (Match-referee)