England vs India 5th Test Day 2: England’s seamers torment India after Buttler’s 89

England pace attack torment India batsmen after Jos Buttler 89 England India 5th Test Day 2 The Oval cricket

England’s pace attack troubled India’s batsmen after Jos Buttler scored a useful 89

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Jos Buttler celebrated his birthday by scoring a crucial 89 before England’s seamers carved through India’s batting line-up and left the tourists reeling on the second day at The Oval.

Starting off the day on 198/7, England added 16 runs to their overnight score before Adil Rashid was given out lbw off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for 15.

Rashid opted to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to clip leg stump.

Despite losing Rashid, England continued to fight as Buttler and Stuart Broad forged a 98-run partnership, during which Buttler raced past his fifty.

With England frustrating India’s bowlers, it was Ravindra Jadeja who provided the breakthrough for the tourists as he removed Broad for 38.

England were eventually bowled out for 332 when Buttler was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at slip off the bowling of Jadeja for 89, which came off 133 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.

Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Bumrah and Ishant Sharma snapped up three wickets apiece.

Trailing by 332 runs, India made an awful start to their innings as opener Shikhar Dhawan was trapped lbw off the bowling of Broad for three runs.

Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara made up for the loss of Dhawan with a 64-run partnership before Rahul was clean bowled by Sam Curran for 37.

Pujara also made 37 before he was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson, who then proceeded to take out Rahane for a duck.

Kohli and debutant Hanuma Vihari stabilised the innings with a 51-run partnership before Kohli was caught by England skipper Joe Root at second slip off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 49.

Stokes struck again in his next over as Rishabh Pant was caught by Alastair Cook at slip for five runs.

Vihari and Jadeja ensured India made it safely to stumps as they amassed an unbeaten 14-run partnership.

Vihari finished on 25 off 50 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, while Jadeja remained undefeated on eight off 10 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Stokes and Anderson took two wickets apiece, while Broad and Curran claimed one wicket each.

India ended day two on 174/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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