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India vs England 2014, 5th Test at The Oval: Early lunch taken on Day 3 as rain intervenes

Murali Vijay was dismissed for two © Getty Images
Murali Vijay was dismissed for two © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 17, 2014

India are in dire straits against England on Day Three of the fifth Test against England. After conceding a lead of 338 runs, they are now nine for two, with both openers in the hut. Earlier in the day, Joe Root smashed his fifth Test ton and then went on to score 149 not out as England piled 486.

Murali Vijay was dismissed early as one ball came in and he was trapped leg-before. Gautam Gambhir managed to avoid the pair but was then run-out when he tried to call Pujara for a dicey run.

Earlier in the day, it was Root who took control and got his ton. Stuart Broad joined him and in tandem, they took on the bowling and milked runs. Broad scored runs at faster than a run-a-ball.  Though India bowled short, he pulled with disdain and attacked that tactic. Eventually, he was dismissed off a short ball, but by then he had smashed 37 off 20 balls. Root continued to battle until Anderson was dismissed. He finished unbeaten on 149.

Brief scores:

India 148 (MS Dhoni 82, Murali Vijay 18; Chris Jordan 3 for 30, Chris Woakes 3 for 32) and 9 for 2 (James Anderson trail England 486 (Alastair Cook 79, Gary Ballance 64, Joe Root 149*; Varun Aaron 2 for 111, Ishant Sharma 4 for 96, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 72) 338 runs.

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