England vs India 5th Test Day 2: England continue to pummel India

Root is currently unbeaten on 92

Root is currently unbeaten on 92

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England batsman Joe Root struck an unbeaten 92 as the hosts continued to pummel India on the second day of the fifth Test at The Oval.

Root was well supported by England captain Alastair Cook, who made 79, and batsman Gary Ballance, who scored 64.

Starting out the day on 62/0, Cook and Sam Robson only added four runs to their 62-run partnership before Robson was clean bowled by Varun Aaron for 37.

Cook and Ballance made up for the early loss of of Robson with a 125-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Cook, who was dropped twice, was finally caught by Murali Vijay at slip off the bowling of Aaron.

Cook’s fantastic knock of 79 came off 183 balls, which included nine boundaries.

Cook hit nine boundaries during his knock of 79

Cook hit nine boundaries during his knock of 79

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Ballance went on to score 64 off 117 deliveries, which included 13 boundaries, before he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at silly point off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ballance's good form with the bat continued

Ballance’s good form with the bat continued

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Ian Bell only made seven runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

Moeen Ali scored 14 runs before he was cleaned up by Ashwin.

Root and Jos Buttler stabilised the innings with an 80-run partnership before Buttler was caught by Ashwin at short midwicket off the bowling of Sharma for 45.

Chris Woakes failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a duck.

Root and Chris Jordan steadied the innings with an unbeaten 67-run partnership, during which Root registered his half-century, before stumps was called.

Root finished on 92 off 129 balls, which included nine boundaries and a six, while Jordan remained undefeated on 19 off 25 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Aaron, Sharma and Ashwin picked up two wickets apiece, while Kumar chipped in with one.

England ended day two on 385/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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