Ollie Pope repaid the faith shown in him by the selectors as he notched up an ebullient 81 on the second day of the Oval Test. It was down to his pragmatism that England not only erased India’s first-innings total but also kicked on to gain a competent lead. An array of fantabulous drives rang from the willows of the Englishmen in what was a riveting day of red-ball cricket. As the umpires called Stumps, India were steered safely to 36 for no loss by openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.
Some textbook shots in our innings today 👊#ENGvIND
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 3, 2021