Ollie Pope (L) and England's Jonny Bairstow (R) I Photo: AFP
London: Ollie Pope was part of two sizable partnerships and on course for his second test century as England edged into a first-innings lead in the fourth test against India on Friday. England reached tea on Day 2 on 227-7, with a lead of 36 runs in reply to India's meager total of 191 in a crucial match of a series that is tied at 1-1.
Playing in his first match of the series, Pope was unbeaten on 74 and anchored stands of 89 with Jonny Bairstow (37) and 71 with Moeen Ali (35), who were the two wickets to fall in the second session. Bairstow added just three runs to his score at lunch before getting trapped lbw to a ball by Mohammed Siraj that nipped back off the seam.
Pope clipped a shot through fine leg for four to reach his sixth test fifty — and first in 15 innings — and a lovely drive through the covers to the boundary by Moeen brought the scores level midway through the session.Moeen might have walked before that after being hit on the toe by a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah. However, India didn't appeal a potential lbw and replays later showed it was hitting the stumps.
By the time Moeen departed, caught in the covers after mistiming a slog-sweep to a wide delivery by spinner Ravindra Jadeja, England had moved into a 31-run lead — a decent advantage in a low-scoring test match.Chris Woakes was 4 not out at the interval.
At lunch, England's score read 139/5 -- trailing by 52 runs with five wickets in the bag. Both the batsmen mixed caution with aggression as Umesh Yadav clearly looked the most impressive of the Indian bowlers as he picked the wickets of Dawid Malan (31) and Craig Overton (1) to keep the visitors in the game.
While the morning didn't start that well for the Englishmen, it was Pope and Bairstow who put their head down and ensured that the hosts didn't lose any further wickets. Umesh though kept bowling a testing line and was on the money on most occasions.
In fact, Jasprit Bumrah too bowled well and was unfortunate to miss the edge of the bat on a number of instances. While Bumrah failed to add to his two wickets in the morning session, Umesh added two to the one prized wicket of Joe Root that he had picked on the opening evening.
Off the action, Daniel Jarvis -- also known as Jarvo 69 -- invaded the pitch again on the second day of the ongoing fourth Test.The incident took place during the 34th over of the England innings which was being bowled by Umesh Yadav and the match had to be halted for five minutes.
Earlier, English county Yorkshire had confirmed that pitch invader Jarvo 69 has been banned for life from entering the stadium. Jarvo 69 had invaded the pitch again on the third day of the third Test between India and England. The incident happened after India opener Rohit Sharma was dismissed.