5th Test: India struggling at 174 for 6 in reply to England’s 332

5th Test: India struggling at 174 for 6 in reply to England’s 332

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India were struggling at 174 for six - a deficit of 158 runs - with test debutant Hanuma Vihari was 25 not out and Ravindra Jadeja unbeaten on eight on day 2 of the final Test here at The Oval on Saturday.

The hope of India remains bleak as their captain and star batsman Virat Kohli, who is the leading run-getter in the series, falling to Ben Stokes for 49.Earlier, England were all out for 332 in their first innings against India. India received early jolt in form of Shikhar Dhawan chasing a huge target of 332 runs set by England before India. Opener Shikhar Dhawan fell for lbw in Broad's bowl at score of 3 in the very second over.

After Dhawan's departure Pujara and KL Rahul took the score to 47 for their second wicket partnership. For England Broad scalped crucial wicket of Dhawan at 3.Anderson thought he had Kohli lbw for 16. But an original not out decision by umpire Kumar Dharmasena was upheld on review after replays showed Kohli was struck outside the line of off stump. The end of the over saw Anderson seemingly complain to Dharmasena, prompting the Sri Lankan to call in England captain Joe Root.

Anderson was soon in a much better mood, the 36-year-old taking two wickets in seven balls as India slumped to 103 for four. He had Cheteshwar Pujara, dropped by Cook at short leg off Moeen Ali on 10, caught behind for a painstaking 37 before removing Rahane for a duck when Cook held a routine first-slip catch.Vihari survived two close lbw calls against Broad on nought, England not reviewing the first before the batsman successfully challenged the second. Undaunted, Vihari hooked Stokes for six.

Kohli, the leading run scorer in the series, was in sight of reaching fifty for the sixth time in five Tests, when he edged a drive on the up off Stokes to Root at second slip. And India were 160 for six when Rishabh Pant nicked Stokes to Cook. England spearhead James Anderson's figures of two for 20 in 11 overs left him just two shy of Australia great Glenn McGrath's record of 563 Test wickets -- the most taken by any fast bowler.Jos Buttler celebrated his 28th birthday with an innings of 89 that left England on top in the fifth Test against India at the Oval on Saturday. England, who had already won this five-match series at 3-1 up, started the second day in danger of being dismissed for under 200 at 198 for seven. Yet when Buttler was last man out they had made a total of 332.

Buttler and Stuart Broad (38) frustrated India with a ninth-wicket stand of 98 as, yet again this series, England bounced back with the bat after a top-order collapse. Alastair Cook, in his final Test appearance before international retirement, made 71 on Friday. But his dismissal sparked a slump that saw England lose six wickets for 48 runs.Buttler, who had been given out lbw to Mohammed Shami on eight on Friday only for a review to reveal an inside edge, was 11 not out overnight, with Adil Rashid unbeaten on four.

Rashid was soon lbw for 15 to fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah on an overcast morning. Broad was then peppered with several short-pitched deliveries but hung in to play some good shots before Buttler went to fifty in 84 balls, with England scoring 106 runs in the morning session. Jadeja, playing his first match of the series, after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was ruled out through injury, finished with fine figures of four for 79 in 30 overs.For India Jadeja picked 4 wickets while Sharma and Bumrah scalped 3 each, but fellow paceman Shami, who repeatedly beat the bat, was unlucky to bowl 30 wicketless overs. UNI