England lead India by 98 at The Oval

Alastair Cook in action for England on day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
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England extend their lead to 98 runs at tea on day two of the fifth Test against India at The Oval.

England have extended their lead to 98 runs after reaching 246-5 at tea on day two of the fifth Test against India at The Oval this afternoon.

Having matched the tourists' first innings score at lunch, Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance returned to the crease for England, but the captain was dismissed shortly after the action got back underway.

Cook completed his half-century in the morning, but edged a Varun Aaron ball to Murali Vijay at slip to fall 21 runs short of a ton.

Ballance [64] notched up a 50 as well, but also fell shortly after as Cheteshwar Pujara took the catch off Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling, while Ian Bell [five] followed just a few overs later.

Ashwin took his second wicket of the session shortly before tea, dismissing Moeen Ali for 14, leaving Joe Root [11] and Jos Buttler [12] at the crease heading into the evening.

Englands Ian Bell acknowledges the crowd after reaching 150 runs during the second days play in the third cricket Test match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl cricket ground in Southampton on July 28, 2014
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