India‘s Hanuma Vihari in action. (Reuters Photo)
LONDON, September 09 (Reuters): Debutant Hanuma Vihari scored a battling 56 to frustrate England as India reached 240-7 in reply to the hosts’ 332 all out on the third morning of the fifth test on Sunday.
The 24-year-old all rounder dug in alongside Ravindra Jadeja to share in a seventh-wicket partnership of 77 at The Oval as India edged their way back into the game after England’s day-two domination.
With the deficit lowered to less than 100 and with the new ball imminent, it was off-spinner Moeen Ali who finally made the breakthrough shortly before lunch when Vihari played forward and got a faint nick through to Jonny Bairstow.
Vihari, who was fortunate to survive an lbw decision when he was on nought on Saturday, struck seven fours and a six in his knock. Jadeja was 41 not out with Ishant Sharma on one.
India, looking to salvage a consolation victory having lost the series, began the day struggling on 174-6 after Jos Buttler’s 89 helped England to stretch their first innings.
He brought up his 50 with a scampered single off Stokes and then survived a huge appeal for caught behind before sweeping Moeen for a boundary.
Moeen hit back to leave India trailing by 92 with only three wickets remaining.