Ollie Pope (81) and Chris Woakes (50) give England 99-run lead. Rohit - Rahul give India a solid start as India trail by 56 runs at the stumps on Day 2.
Brief Scores: India 191 and 43 for 0 (Rahul 22*, Rohit 20*) trail England 290 (Pope 81, Woakes 50, Yadav 3-76) by 56 runs
The English bowlers dominated the first two sessions on Day 1 when Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson were the pick of the bowlers for them. But it was a turnaround by the Indian pacers and Shardul’s quickfire 57 in the third session that brought India back before the end of first day’s play.
The pitch at The Oval had eased out on Day 2 post first hour of the play. But Indian bowlers had made early inroads by then. Umesh Yadav was brilliant to break the partnership early on.
Umesh Yadav adds to England’s woes in first session of Day 2 but Ollie Pope pulls it back for England
The Day 2 started off with two quick wickets of the night watchman Craig Overton and middle-order batter Dawid Malan both were dismissed by Umesh Yadav. England were in all sorts of trouble at 62 for five in 24.3 overs during the first hour of the second day’s play.
But Ollie Pope and Bairstow had some other plans. The local boy Ollie Pope who averages over hundred at The Oval and Jonny Bairstow rebuilt the innings on a positive note. They showed intent and played positive cricket. Hitting boundaries at regular intervals and putting pressure back on Indian bowlers had been the hallmark of solid 89-runs partnership.
Jonny Bairstow got out to Mohammed Siraj’s reverse swing delivery on 37 runs. This was England's highest sixth-wicket stand this year.