Joe Root (92 batting) played a classy knock and put England firmly in the driver's seat after day two of the fifth Test against India ended at the Oval in London on Saturday.
Root stood firm even as England suffered a batting collapse losing four wickets for 38 runs after lunch.
But the calm headed Root combined with Jos Buttler (45) to stitch a vital, and perhaps match-winning, 80-run partnership to burgeon the England lead to a mammoth 237. Chris Jordan was giving company to Root who is now eight shy of a well-deserved hundred.
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Image: Joe Root celebrates after reaching his half-century.