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Ind Vs Eng 5th Test: Indian Batters Struggle Against England's Quality Swing Bowling

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| September 9 , 2018 , 13:46 IST

The Indian cricket team's batting woes to quality swing bowling continued as they were left reeling at a score of 174 for the loss of 6-wickets in reply to England's total of 332 in the first innings, at the stumps on Day 2 of the fifth and final test match at Kia Oval on Saturday.

India still trails England by another 158 runs with four wickets in hand and three days of play still remaining with debutant Hanuma Vihari batting on 25 and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on 8-runs were present at the crease.

England's vice-captain James Anderson took 2-wickets for 20 and Ben Stokes (2/44) were the pick of the bowlers for the hosts who have already won the series 3-1.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was the top-scorer for the tourists with a defiant 70-ball 49 before Stokes got his back.

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Resuming on a score of 198/7, birthday boy Jos Buttler's cameo of 89-runs and his 98-run ninth-wicket partnership with Stuart Broad (38) helped England post 332 despite a middle-order collapse on Day 1.

In reply, India's top order disappointed once again with opener Shikhar Dhawan (3) falling early, K.L. Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara made identical 37 to stitch together for a 64-run second wicket stand before Sam Curran (1/46) bowled a beauty to dismiss Rahul.

India then lost three wickets for 33 runs as Anderson wreaked havoc with the moving ball, removing both Pujara on 37-runs and Ajinkya Rahane on (0) in quick succession.

Indian captain Virat Kohli (49) looked in great touch like he has been throughout the series. He hit six boundaries during his 70-ball knock before edging a Stokes delivery to his counterpart Joe Root at the slip cordon.

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (5) again failed to cash in on the opportunity edging a Stokes delivery to Alastair Cook on the slip cordon.

India will now hope that debutant H.Vihari must carry on with his good form to take India close to England's total.