England are trying to build a big first innings total at The Oval after being 198 for seven overnight – and Jos Buttler has put them well on their way.
Though relieved off the gloves for this Test, Buttler was at his normal free-flowing best on the second morning despite Adil Rashid’s early dismissal at the hands of Jasprit Bumrah.
To make matters worse for India, the usually rash Stuart Broad decided to stick around for a productive ninth-wicket partnership. But Ravindra Jadeja got Broad out for 38 before the Indian struck again to remove Buttler for 89 as England posted 332 in the first innings.
Later, Broad made an instant impact with the ball as he trapped Shikhar Dhawan for LBW with the Indian batsman contributing to just three runs.
Despite the dismissal, KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara rebuilt India’s innings with the tourists reaching 53-1 at tea.
India could only add 17 runs after the break after Sam Curran got his first wicket of the game when he bowled Rahul for 37.
James Anderson then dismissed Pujara for 37 after his inswinger was edged behind to Jonny Bairstow, leaving India with plenty to do.
Two overs later, Anderson got Ajinkya Rahane out for a duck with India 103-4 in 34 overs.
Ravi Shastri’s side managed to reach 150 but England got the prized wicket of Virat Kohli thanks to Ben Stokes. The batsman edged to second slip to fall one run short of his half-century.
Stokes struck again when he removed wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant for five after he was caught by Alastair Cook. India will resume play on Sunday on 174-6, still trailing by 158 runs.
Follow the live ball-by-ball action here.
Hello, the Sport360 team is in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.
Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the day but we want you to get involved too.
Tell us your thoughts on what’s happening by tweeting @Sport360.
8:40pm – Hong Kong defeat was painful for UAE captain Rohan Mustafa
Two days after the Asia Cup Qualifier final defeat to Hong Kong – a result that denied the UAE a chance of playing in a home Asia Cup, Rohan Mustafa admitted the loss was his lowest point of his career. Read more on that story here.
8:20pm – India’s lower-order batsmen need to look at England on how to score runs
The result at The Oval won’t matter much given that England have won the series but over the previous four matches, India could learn from England that runs at the lower-end are vital, which ultimately proved to be the difference. Our man Ajit Vijaykumar looked closely on the issue here.
5:30pm – Murali Vijay to join Essex for rest of the English county season
The Indian batsman will play the final three games for Essex after joining them for the rest of the English county season. Read more on that story here.
5:15pm – Jos Buttler falls for 89 as England score 332 in first innings
Jos Buttler fell 11 runs short of a century at the Oval but his 89 runs helped England post 332 in the first innings after resuming play on 198-7. Follow the live score here
1.55pm: England try to build big first innings total
The India pace attack will de desperate for an early break through as Virat Kohli‘s men know that every run will be could be crucial.
11.30am: Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik hopes to play 2020 World T20 and then retire
Pakistan‘s veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik said he hopes to play two more World Cups before calling time on his career, depending on his fitness and the requirements of the team.
The Pakistan team will be in the UAE this month for the Asia Cup and while the focus of the team is on winning against Asia’s best, the 36-year-old talked about the road ahead for him.
“I have said this before on many occasions that the 2019 50 Over World Cup will be my last World Cup,” said Malik.
The 34-year-old, who played his country’s first two Tests against England this summer, joins as a replacement overseas player following Peter Siddle’s departure.
Vijay made a half-century against his new side during a tour match in July but was dropped by India after registering a pair at Lord’s.
Head Coach Anthony McGrath said: “We’re delighted that Murali has chosen to come here, he’s a great batsman who can score runs at the top of the order.
“Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we’re excited about.”
Vijay added: “I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches.”