India vs England 5th Test, Day 2: 5 interesting highlights of the day’s play

Joe Root

After dominating the action on day one with both bat and ball England resumed day two on an overnight score of 62-0. India at one stage managed to peg England back with quick strikes, but after Alistair Cook and Gary Ballance’s efforts with the bat Joe Root came to England’s rescue and stitched some valuable partnerships. England at Stumps on day two are 385-7 and lead by 237 runs. In case you missed the action here are five interesting highlights from the second day’s play.

Varun Aaron strikes early: India started the day two morning positively when Varun Aaron removed Sam Robson early on. Aaron uprooted Robson’s off-stump to see the opener go back to pavilion for 37. With this wicket India broke the opening stand which was worth 66 runs and found some hope.

Alistair Cook & Gary Ballance impel England: After India found one early wicket Alistair Cook and Gary Ballance made sure they fabricate a partnership and take England past India’s 1st innings total. The two left-handers shared a 125-run partnership between them for the second wicket as both batsmen scored their fifties. Varun Aaron finally broke the stand when he removed Cook (79) and then few overs later Ballance (64) was victim of Ravi Ashwin.

India bounce back with quick wickets: As soon as the century stand between Cook and Ballance was broken India found some quick wickets. Ian Bell and Moeen Ali were the two England batsmen dismissed just before the Tea break. Ishant Sharma found Bell’s wicket while Ashwin scalped Moeen for his second wicket. England were reduced to 229-5 after quick succession of wickets.

Joe Root & Jos Buttler stretch England lead: Just when India started to bounce back Joe Root and Jos Butter notched up a treasured 80-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take England lead well past 150-run mark. Ishant Sharma then separated the two when he had Buttler out caught for 45.

Joe Root holds fort as England dominate: After Jos Buttler’s dismissal India found another wicket in shape of Chris Woakes, but Joe Root was still around and belted runs to make sure England’s lead cross 200 run mark. Root who is unbeaten on 92 added 67 runs for the eight wicket along with Chris Jordan who is not out 19.