India edge ahead after solid session

04 September 2021 23:21:04 GMTPlus11
James Anderson was the only wicket-taker during the morning

England's bowlers were restricted to just one wicket in the morning session of day three of the fourth Test as India batted their way back into the contest.

Trailing by 99 runs after both teams' first innings, India reached lunch at 108-1 and they are 1.001 to take a 2-1 lead in the series with victory at The Oval, with an England win priced at 1501.00 and the draw 51.00.

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Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul resumed on 43-0 and they took their crucial stand to 83, before Rahul was caught behind off James Anderson for 43 in the 34th over of the innings.

Sharma (47 not out) and number three Cheteshwar Pujara (14 not out) batted through to the lunch interval and India, who lead by nine runs, will be intent on setting their hosts a challenging fourth-innings target.

India better second time around

As they did in the third Test at Headingley, where they scored 78 and 278, India have found batting in the second innings far easier.

They were bowled out for 191 on the first day at The Oval, where number eight Shardul Thakur top-scored with a quickfire 57, but their openers have laid a solid foundation for them second time around.

England spinner Moeen Ali found some spin in an over just before lunch, which could make India's Ravindra Jadeja a threat in the final innings of the Test, as long as the tourists can get enough runs on the board to trouble England.

India had the better of the rain-affected drawn first Test at Trent Bridge, before claiming a 151-run victory at Lord's.

Joe Root's England levelled the five-match series at 1-1 with an innings win in Leeds last time out, while the final Test starts at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 10th.

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