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England Storm Clear On Day Two

Joe Root pulls for four
Joe Root's unbeaten 92 helped England close day two with a handy lead over India
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India 148 (Dhoni 82, Woakes 3-30) v
385-7 (Root 92no, Cook 79)
Fifth Test, The Kia Oval, day two

England ended day two of the fifth and final Test against India at the Kia Oval 237 runs ahead after closing on 385 for seven in their first innings.

Joe Root (92 not out), Alastair Cook (79) and Gary Ballance (64) all scored half-centuries as England hit 323 runs in the day, starting on 62 without loss.

Jos Buttler also made 45 to keep England in a strong position after they bowled India out for 148 on the opening day.

There was a brace of wickets apiece for Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin as India enjoyed a strong middle session only for Root, Buttler and Chris Jordan (19 not out) to fight back after tea.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took a wicket, having Chris Woakes caught behind for nought.

Sam Robson fell early when he was bowled by Aaron for 37, Ian Bell was caught behind off Sharma for seven and Moeen Ali bowled by Ashwin for 14 but India could not capitalise.

Root hit nine fours and one six offering India no chances during his knock, unlike, who was twice dropped in the slips before he was finally snapped up by Murali Vijay off Aaron.

Ballance made 64 in 117 balls before pushing Ashwin straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at silly point at Ashwin.

After India removed Cook, Ballance, Bell and Ali in quick succession as England lost four wickets for 38 runs, they were knocked back thanks to Root and Buttler adding 80 runs in a counter-attacking sixth-wicket partnership.

Then, after Buttler flicked Sharma to Ashwin at short mid-wicket and Woakes gave Dhoni a leg-side catch, Root combined with Jordan to add 67 in 62 balls to take advantage of a tiring Indian attack towards the end of the day.

England lead the series 2-1.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs