India on brink as England collapse

07 September 2021 02:09:33 GMTPlus11
Ravindra Jadeja took the key wicket of Haseeb Hameed

After a decent morning session, England's batting lineup collapsed to 193/8 in the afternoon, leaving India on the brink of victory in the fourth test at the Oval.

An exceptional spell from Jasprit Bumrah after lunch saw him take the wickets of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow to leave England's batting line-up exposed.

Jadeja took Hameed out

Before that, Ravindra Jadeja bowled Haseeb Hameed for 63, which looks likely to be England's top score from any batsman in the innings.

Bumrah managed to get the ball to reverse swing on a pitch that had offered seemingly nothing in the morning session, bowling Pope for two before Bairstow departed for a duck just five minutes later.

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Moeen Ali fell for another duck not long after as he chipped to short leg off the bowling of Jadeja.

England's 30 ducks in this calendar year against India is the most of any side against a single opponent in one year in test cricket history.

Chris Woakes and Joe Root managed to resist the efforts of the Indian bowlers for a short amount of time, before Root dragged on from Thakur for 36.

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Craig Overton then survived an LBW shout which he saw overturned on review. But English relief didn't last long as Woakes was caught off the bowling of Umesh Yadav just before tea.

England are still 175 runs short of the win, with India needing just two wickets to complete the victory.

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