Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul start positive England in the last hour of play on day 2 of the current fourth Test at Kennington Oval in London.
Rohit and Rahul remained unbeaten on 20 and 22 runs respectively to put 43 runs on the scoreboard before officials announced the stumps.
Earlier, England were then tied for 290 runs Ollie Pous and Chris Woakes shine with the willow and break their respective half-centuries to help hosts take an important 99-run lead.
Pope made 81 runs, while Woakes contributed 50 runs to lead England’s return to a shaky start. Moeen Ali (35) and Jonny Bairstow (37) also added important runs, along with Pope, lower in the order.
For the visitors, pacer Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets for 76 runs while spinning Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets for 36 runs to keep India in the match.
Frontline Matchmaker Jasprit Bumrah also bagged a few headers for 67 runs. Shardul Thakur (1/54) and Mohammed Siraj (1/42) took one wicket each.
During the match, Yadav achieved a personal milestone when he became the sixth Indian match to complete the 150-wicket benchmark in the longest format. It happened when the judge fired the night watchman Craig Overton for 1 in the second over of day 2.
Most wickets in Test cricket by the Indian pass bowler:
- 434 – Kapil Dev
- 311 – Zaheer Khan
- 311 – Ishant Sharma
- 236 – Javagal Srinath
- 195 – Mohammed Shami
- 150 – Umesh Yadav *
Here’s how Twitter responded:
India cut back to some extent in the match by not losing a wicket today. But there is a mountain to climb yet to save / win the match, which is unlikely unless the middle order finally wakes up
– Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 3 September 2021
Good response from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. India 43-0 on stumps, a backlog of 56. Another very good test.
– Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) 3 September 2021
Good and awake start by India in the crucial 2nd innings. #indiavsEngeland
– Jatin Paranjape (@ jats72) 3 September 2021
An excellent fightback by England put them ahead in the match. India’s primary goal was for the openers to remain undefeated. When done, they should review the deficit without loss. Then we have a game!
– Harsha Bhogle (bhogleharsha) 3 September 2021
India have collapsed in the last four Test innings. India submitted 99 runs. But still, there is something about this team that makes you think they will find a way to jump back. And make a match of it. Maybe, win it too. #EngvInd
– Wear a mask. Vaccinated, India (@cricketaakash) 3 September 2021
Bumrah fires a direct hit and then secures three 99s at the same time.
✔️99 lead by England
✔️99th Anderson Not-Out
✔️Bumrah would stay on 99 wickets longer#ENGvIND
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 3 September 2021
Play in the scales … 👍
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 3 September 2021
WinViz as it stands:
England – 48%
India – 48%
Draw – 4%#ENGvIND
– The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) 3 September 2021
An excellent session for the openers of India who played very well. They reduced England’s lead to 57 without losing wickets, although Burns should have caught Rohit. This match is indeed still very even. Tomorrow should be fun #ENGvIND
– Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) 3 September 2021
– BCCI (@BCCI) 3 September 2021
A few famous Indian runaway victories came when the opponents had the first inn: Oval 1971, MCG 1981, Adelaide 2003, Lord’s 2014 and 2021, Brisbane 2021. I think @ glu1959 pointed out a few days back. If India set more than 250 goals, they will win
– Sarang Bhalerao (bhaleraosarang) 3 September 2021