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England vs. India, 5th Test: Day 2 Highlights, Scorecard, Report

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Joe Root of England bats during day two of 5th Investec Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

England seized the initiative in the fifth Test match with India on Saturday, batting their way to 385-7 at the close of play to hold a strong advantage heading into Day 3.

India were bowled out for a rather feeble 148 on Day 1 and now have a mountain to climb, with England sitting 237 runs ahead of them and counting.

Here’s the scorecard from another excellent day’s work for the hosts at the Oval:

Fifth Test, England First Innings: 385-7 (105 overs)
BatsmenDismissalBowlerRunsBallsFoursSixes
Cookc Vijayb Aaron7918390
Robsonb Aaron377060
Ballancec Pujarab Ashwin64117130
Bellc Dhonib I Sharma71600
Rootnot out9212991
Moeenb Ashwin142420
Buttlerc Ashwinb I Sharma457390
Woakesc Dhonib B Kumar0300
Jordannot out192520
BBC Sport

There were strong performances all the way through the English order, with captain Alastair Cook leading by example from the first ball.

Cook batted his way to 79 with a display of excellent batting, but he was thanking his lucky stars on a few occasions.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Varun Aaron of India reacts after bowling to England captain Alastair Cook during day two of 5th Investec Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Ge
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A cast-iron LBW decision went in favour of the England skipper early on, before being dropped several times around the field in an innings that looked as though it would never end.

Such luck led Piers Morgan to take back his past criticism of Cook—well, sort of:

Varun Aaron eventually dismissed the England captain with an excellent delivery, from which Murali Vijay made no mistake with the catch.

The damage was done by Cook, though, and his teammates continued in a similar vein as they put India to the sword.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Gary Ballance of England bats during day two of 5th Investec Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Gary Ballance was next to reach the half-century, chalking up 64 runs in yet another impressive display for the Yorkshire star.

The 24-year-old has been in remarkable form since beginning his Test-cricket career, and as Investec Cricket revealed, the statistics are there to back that up:

While Ballance produced another terrific knock, the star of Day 2 for England was Joe Root, who sat on an unbeaten 92 at stumps.

Though closing in on the century, it’s reaching 50 that earned Root a place in the history books, becoming just the third Englishman to reach the half-century in every Test match of a series—per Sky Sports Cricket:

The 23-year-old handled everything that the Indian bowling order threw at him on Saturday, showing good patience while attacking at the right times, too.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Joe Root of England acknowledges the crowd as he walks off at the end of day two of the 5th Investec Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Ima
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Root will come back in with Chris Jordan on Day 3 as England look to put both the Test and the series to bed, and barring a major mishap, they should be able to handle that comfortably.

Cook will likely declare if England cross the 450 mark on Sunday, giving India an enormous mountain to climb.

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