India vs England, 5th Test at The Oval
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James Anderson (above) struck early as he had Gautam Gambhir caught behind for a duck in the very first over of the game. England's bowlers vindicated their captain's decision to bowl first at The Oval © Getty Images
India were bowled out for just 148 in the first innings of the fifth Test between India and England at The Oval. And then England took control of the game with a good display of batting on Day Two. Alastair Cook scored 79, Joe Root is unbeaten on 92 as they are leading by 237 runs in this crucial Test. India were put in to bat after losing the toss, in overcast conditions with the ball moving around. While England were unchanged, India brought in Stuart Binny and Ishant Sharma in place of Ravindra Jadeja and Pankaj Singh.
After winning a tremendous match at Lord’s, India were routed twice in succession at Southampton and Manchester. Based on their first innings performance, it is entirely conceivable that India will suffer a similar fate in this encounter at The Oval as well. That being said, there is a lot of cricket left in the match, and the tide can change at any moment.
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