New Delhi. With the help of half-centuries from Oli Pope and Chris Oakes, England took a crucial 99-run lead over India with 290 runs in the fourth Test (IND vs ENG 4th Test). In the absence of Mohammad Shamir, the Indian pacer could not keep pace on the pitch as he was helpful for batting. Pope 11 and Chris Oakes, who showed batting skills after bowling, scored 50 runs. At one stage, England lost five wickets for 62 runs, but then Pope played a role as the architect of the innings. India scored 191 in the first innings.
At the end of the second day’s play, India were 43 for no loss in the second innings and are now 56 runs behind. Openers KL Rahul (22) and Rohit Sharma (20) were playing. Rohit Burns got his life in six runs if he could not catch his catch in the second slip.
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Earlier in the England innings, Shardul Tagore was bowled out for 81 after having tea with the Pope. He hit 6 fours in his innings off 159 balls and made important partnerships. Oaks helped England take a good lead by scoring 50 off balls0 with 11 fours in the lower order. His run out marked the end of England’s first innings.
Earlier, the first wicket of the second session went to Mohammad Siraj, who dismissed wicketkeeper-batsman Johnny Bairstow (37) in the fifth over after lunch. With that, the 89-run partnership between Pope and Bairstow also ended. After that, Pope Maine made a 1-run partnership with Ali (5). Rabindra Jadeja, who was frozen at the crease, lost the wicket after playing a bad shot. He was caught on the cover in the process of applying the slog sweep.
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Jaspreet Bumrah could have sacked Moin earlier but India did not review the on-field umpire’s decision. In the morning, Umesh Yadav took two wickets in the first hour but then an unbeaten half-century partnership between Johnny Bairstow and Oli Pope led England to 19 for five at lunch.
England started the innings at 53 for three. England scored 86 in the first session of 25 overs. Umesh is fascinated by the first spell after playing the first Test in the last nine months. On the first day on Thursday, he cheaply sacked England captain Joe Root. Umesh took his 150th Test wicket as Craig Overton, the unbeaten batsman of the night. Craig returns with a slip catch to Virat Kohli.
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David Malan was caught by Umesh for 311 off balls, which was caught by Rohit Sharma by diving in the second slip. At that time England’s score was 62 runs for five wickets. England managed 25 runs in 12 overs in the first hour. After the drinking break, however, the home batsmen opened their hands and Shardul Tagore was hit by the Pope for three fours in a row. Bairstow hit three fours to Mohammad Siraj in the next over. Bairstow hit three fours in Umesh’s second spell.
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