It was a similar story as far the opening session of Day 2 of the fifth Test match was concerned. England tail continued to wag to add frustration to the Indian camp. Thus, the Indian bowlers once again lacked the knockout punch despite having the hosts on the mat. Adil Rashid and Jos Buttler put together an alliance of 33 runs whereas Buttler and Stuart Broad more than fifty run partnership got England over the 300-run mark.
India once again could not deliver the coup de grace as the host’s tail continued to breathe down visitor’s neck. Jos Buttler celebrated his 28th Birthday by getting to his fifty off 84 balls as he continued with his fine form.
Another frustrating morning session for India.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah was able to scalp the wicket of Adil Rashid by trapping him in front of the wickets. Rashid went for the review, however, he had to go back on the umpire’s call.
Stuart Broad also played his best knock of the series as he rotated the strike with ease in the spread field. Thus, England who was scoring their runs at a tortoise speed on Day 1 changed gears to score their runs at a brisk pace. In fact, the session run rate was over four runs per over as England made a fine comeback.
It must have been frustrating for Virat Kohli as his bowlers could not apply the finishing touches. There were only two slips in place and the whole field was spread to give easy runs to the England batsmen.
Buttler celebrates his birthday in style.
Thus, Virat Kohli captaincy was also on the defensive side as he looked to save runs rather than go for wickets, especially against Stuart Broad.
Furthermore, there was nothing much in the pitch as Indian bowlers appetite for wickets kept growing. Buttler was able to tick the right boxes as the combative batsman continued his dream form.
Mohammad Shami was once again unlucky as the outside edge eluded him. In fact, the balls which got the outside edge went through the third slip area, which wasn’t put by Virat Kohli. Therefore, England ends the opening session on 304-8 with Broad and Buttler partnership adding invaluable 90 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the opening session of Day 2 of the fifth Test match.
it's his birthday, so only fair for buttler to get a few gifts #ENGvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 8, 2018
How club cricketers think they bat = Buttler
How club cricketers do bat = Broad#ENGvIND
— Being Outside Cricket (@OutsideCricket) September 8, 2018
— Ajay Viswanathan (@amv_amv) September 8, 2018
— سید زادہ, بروالہ سیداں (@i_m_mushy) September 8, 2018
Get ready India to trail by 350 while batting… #ENGvIND
— Jayavasanthakumar.. (@VasanthJVK) September 8, 2018
— Sunil (@imsunilgothwal) September 8, 2018
So many are saying that India have finally got the bowling that they needed when there batting was in prime. Well after today's morning, I seriously doubt that. Either that or England's 7-11 are better than the rest of the World #ENGvIND @bhogleharsha
— Darshnik Swamy (@socrates_swamy) September 8, 2018
Mumma: Cook khel jaaye dua diya tha, yeh toh saare ke saare batsman banke bhi khel rahein hain.
Me: 🙊 #ENGvIND
— 🏴Habibti🇮🇳 (@Yas_Queen17) September 8, 2018
— Tarun (@imTarunm) September 8, 2018
Earlier in the summer, I was casting a nostalgic eye back to the times when Stuart Broad would almost routinely come in down the order and give the bowlers a bit of stick. This is a pleasing echo of those times. #ENGvIND
— 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 (@Mark_Stockwell) September 8, 2018
England now have a winning total. India on the other hand will continue with their learning process of crossing the line. #ENGvIND
— Shamik Chakrabarty (@shamik100) September 8, 2018
— ⚠️❔©® (@salman_latheef) September 8, 2018
100 run 9th wicket partnership at a strike rate of 100!! What a renaissance it has been from Butler in tests!! Class player and Broad wants to win it for Cook!! Looks determined for a century!! Time for India to come home, hav competed enuf!! @BCCI @ECB_cricket #ENGvIND
— SUBRATO CHAND (@imsubu91) September 8, 2018
Buttler and Broad have frustrated India, but given how India have batted in this series, England probably had enough at 200. #ENGvIND
— Suj (@sujaymansingh) September 8, 2018
English Tail bna rhi haii India ki Rail #ENGVIND
— Vivek Sachdeva (@say2vivekkk) September 8, 2018
Worst tactics from Kohli. Kohli unfit for Test match captain. #ENGvIND
— 🆁🆅 🅺🆄🅼🅰🆁 (@iamrv_kumar) September 8, 2018
— Adesh Kothari (@AK4TSay1) September 8, 2018