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England 53 for 3 trail India 191 (Thakur 57, Kohli 50, Woakes 4-55, Robinson 3-38) by 138 runs

India were bowled out cheaply on the first day for the second Test in a row but will feel like they have a foothold after taking three England wickets in the late-afternoon sun at The Oval.

Chris Woakes – playing a first-class game for the first time since August 2020 after missing 11 Tests through isolation, rotation and injury – took four wickets and Ollie Robinson continued his fine summer with three, with England’s seamers relentlessly effective in reducing India to 127 for 7.

Most of India’s batters had made starts before dismissals – Virat Kohli was the exception, playing fluently for 50 before falling to Robinson for the fourth time in the series – but Shardul Thakur’s 57 off 36 balls changed the complexion of their innings. He teed off from No. 8 after being recalled to the side, and his half-century – the fastest recorded in a Test in England – gave India something to bowl at.

England had chosen to bowl after winning the toss in overcast conditions but were basking in hazy sunshine by the time their openers headed out midway through the final session. But three late wickets – both openers falling to Jasprit Bumrah and Joe Root castled by Umesh Yadav – left them teetering at 53 for 3 by the close.

Full report to follow…

6.25pm: Unplayable Umesh

A huge moment in this game as we approach the close. Root has been in the form of his life and looked in superb touch throughout this session but is beaten by a seam-bowling’s dream delivery from Umesh Yadav. Immaculate line and length, jagging back past the bat and kissing the top of off stump. Root goes for 21 and England send in Craig Overton as nightwatchman.

6.10pm: England rebuild

Serene progress from Joe Root and Dawid Malan, who are scoring at five an over while taking minimal risks. India’s change bowlers, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj, have started slightly loosely but every bad ball is being punished; Root in particular looks like he has picked up where he left off in Leeds.

5.30pm: Boom, boom

Two early wickets for Jasprit Bumrah have thrown this game wide open. First, a stroke of fortune: a nip-backer from a length which Rory Burns only manages to play onto his own stumps, which is becoming a worryingly frequent mode of dismissal for him. Then, a poor shot from Haseeb Hameed, trying to back-cut over the slips, and Bumrah finds some extra bounce from back of a length to take the edge.

India have started well, with Umesh Yadav backing Bumrah up at the far end and beating Dawid Malan a couple of times in his third over. If they can get even one more tonight, they’ll be right in the game.

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