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Jadeja Stages Lower-Order Fightback as India Concede 40-Run Lead

Jadeja struck 86 runs before running out of partners as England bowled India out for 292 to establish a 40-run lead.

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India’s Ravindra Jadeja celebrates reaching 50 runs during the fifth cricket test match of a five match series between England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London.
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Ravindra Jadeja struck a thrilling 86 before running out of partners as England bowled India out for 292 to establish a 40-run first-innings lead on day 3 of the fifth Test at the Oval on Sunday, 9 September.

England had looked set to claim a much larger advantage when India began the day on 174-6 but were initially frustrated by a 77-run seventh-wicket partnership between Jadeja and debutant Hanuma Vihari, both making their first appearance in the five-match series in which England holds an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Vihari's first test innings ended on 56 just before lunch as he edged Moeen Ali (2-50) through to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow and Ishant Sharma (4) followed in identical fashion shortly after the interval. Adil Rashid then had Mohammed Shami (1) caught in the deep to leave India 260-9.

Debutant Hanuma Vihari scored a half-century against England.
Debutant Hanuma Vihari scored a half-century against England.
(Photo: AP)

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England had the chance to secure a significant advantage when Jasprit Bumrah was dropped at silly point off the next delivery and Keaton Jennings' snatch at the ball turned out to be costly.

From then on, Jadeja expertly farmed the strike and hit a series of boundaries — most memorably a six back over the head of James Anderson — as Bumrah gamely blocked out when called upon at the other end.

Jadeja's desire to keep the strike was his eventual downfall, as Bumrah was run-out without scoring, leaving him 14 short of a maiden test century.

England opening batsman Alastair Cook is set to start his final test innings in his 161st and last appearance.

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