Rampant hosts expose India's tail

03 September 2021 02:03:27 GMTPlus11
Jonny Bairstow has impressed behind the stumps

England's strong start to the fourth Test against India continued in the afternoon session when they picked up the key wicket of Virat Kohli.

The India skipper was caught behind off Ollie Robinson as his side crawled to 122-6 at tea and the hosts are 1501.00 to take a 2-1 lead in the five-Test series. India are 1.001 for victory at The Oval, while the draw is 51.00.

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Having been bowled out for 78 on the first day of the third Test at Headingley, where England went on to complete an innings victory, India again struggled against the home seam attack.

They lost their top three, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara, before lunch and shortly after the interval Ravindra Jadeja, surprisingly promoted to number five in the batting order, was caught at slip by Root to give Chris Woakes his second wicket of the innings.

Robinson continues Kohli domination

The in-form Robinson returned to dismiss Kohli for the third time in the series, caught behind by Jonny Bairstow, keeping wicket in the absence of Jos Buttler.

Craig Overton then removed Ajinkya Rahane, the last specialist batsman, for 14 just before the tea break and India, who opted against recalling spinning all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, will be conscious of the weakness of their tail.

The tourists had the better of the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge before winning the second game at Lord's by 151 runs.

However, England claimed a crushing victory in Leeds last time out and they are in a strong position to take a 2-1 lead into the fifth Test at Old Trafford.

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