India, 1st innings:
39.6 Jordan to Aaron, no run, Jordan bangs this short, Aaron wears it on his forearm, that must have stung. Jordan also throws a fierce stare at Aaron
39.5 Jordan to Aaron, no run, dug in on a back of a length and close to the off-stump, Aaron shelves the waft and lets it go
39.4 Jordan to Aaron, no run, fuller in the channel of uncertainty, swerves away late after passing Aaron, who had ignored it. Another good take from Buttler
39.3 Jordan to Aaron, no run, back of a length and on off, Aaron employs soft hands, ensuring that the ball bounced in front of gully
39.2 Jordan to Aaron, no run, Jordan sprays this full one down leg, nothing doing from Aaron
39.1 Jordan to Bhuvneshwar, out Caught by Buttler!! The procession continues. Third wicket for Jordan. Bhuvneshwar c Buttler b Jordan 5(11) [4s-1]
38.6 Woakes to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run, to square leg. Bhuvneshwar keeps the strike
38.5 Woakes to Bhuvneshwar, no run
38.4 Woakes to Bhuvneshwar, no run
38.3 Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length on the hips, Dhoni tucks it away to fine leg
38.2 Woakes to Dhoni, FOUR, overpitched and Dhoni dispatches it, he frees his arms and drills the drive to the deep extra cover fence
38.1 Woakes to Dhoni, no run, straightens after pitching, Dhoni is squared up as he defends it back down the wicket
37.6 Broad to Bhuvneshwar, no run, shortish and outside off, Bhuvneshwar is not interested in playing at that
37.5 Broad to Bhuvneshwar, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone
37.4 Broad to Bhuvneshwar, no run
37.3 Broad to Bhuvneshwar, no run, fuller and on off, Bhuvneshwar check-drives it back to the bowler
37.2 Broad to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR, to third man
37.1 Broad to Dhoni, byes, 1 run, Buttler actually saved three runs there, dug in short and angling away, Dhoni gets inside the line and lets it go, Buttler flies to his left and gets a hand to it
Over 25 || Score 43/5
Lunch: Another session goes England’s way. Bafflingly, the Indian batsmen once again surrendered before the seamers and showed no positive intent whatsoever. Nothing is going India’s way and their last hope is on MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny – the last established batting pair.
Over 20 || Score 36/5
Ajinkya Rahane was the fourth Indian batsmen to be dismissed, caught and bowled for third consecutive time in the series. Jordan picked his second wicket in the second over without conceding a run. After playing a patient knock, Vijay edged one towards the slip cordon, the catch kept low and it was taken by Joe Root who was probably put into that position just for that catch. So all the bowlers used by Cook have got him wickets. India are wobbling once again.
M Vijay c Root b Woakes 18 (64b)
AM Rahane c & b Jordan 0 (8b)
Over 15 || Score 28/3
Chris Jordan struck in his first over for England when he bowled an inswinger to Kohli, who didn’t offer a shot and was hit on the pads, Dharamsena took his time but raised the finger much to the delight of the hosts. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in.
V Kohli lbw b Jordan 6 (18b)
Over 10 || Score 18/2
Broad and Anderson had been bowling a brilliant line to Pujara moving the ball both ways. Broad pitched one which swung into the batsman, there was a huge gap between the bat and pad and the stumps have been rattled. Virat Kohli is the new man in. He got off the mark with a quick single off the seventh ball.
Over 5 || Score 10/1
The English seamers continue to bowl a probing length and Pujara has been beaten on more occasions while Vijay has negotiated with the swing well so far. The sun is shining at the Oval and despite an early loss, it looks a good batting wicket.
Over 2 || Score 3/1
James Anderson struck for England in the first over of the day, when he bowled an away swinger to Gambhir, who edged it to the keeper while trying to let it go. After scoring 4 and 18 in the two innings of the fourth Test, it’s another poor show from the veteran southpaw. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in.
G Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson 0 (1b)
India XI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vihay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron.
England XI: Alastair Cook (C), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Joe Root and Chris Woakes.
MS Dhoni called head and lost the toss. Alastair Cook invited India to bat first at The Oval. England are unchaged but India have brought in Ishant Sharma and Roger Binny for Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja.
England are in a comfortable position as they head into the fifth Test match against India at the Oval today. The hosts lead the series 2-1 and their last two victories came in a convincing manner where they dominated from all fronts.
For India they have failed to win sessions in almost both the previous two Test matches. MS Dhoni has lacked a clear plan and the batsmen have looked clueless. Going into today`s Test, India need a mammoth effort to produce any spark of good cricket which they showed in Lord`s.
The momentum is with England and India look far from convincing to do anything special to level the series. After getting packed off in two and a half days in Manchester, India need its batsmen to stick themselves and apply technical ability to handle English bowlers.
Stuart Broad is playing and it will be interesting to see how he gets going in the Test match. With James Anderson and Moeen Ali, England are safe and will hope to put India in a fix.