Second Test, day 3 at Lord's

Posted August 13, 2018

Chris Woakes continued a superb return to England duty with a maiden Test century against India at Lord´s on Saturday as the home side took a firm grip on the match.

India, who trailed by 289 runs from the first innings, were 17 for two when rain stopped play half an hour before the scheduled lunch interval. "To receive a standing ovation at Lord's is a bit of a boyhood dream".

It means that despite a first-day washout, Joe Root's team, 1-0 up after winning last week's first Test at Edgbaston, have a genuine chance of victory here even though just 35.2 overs have been bowled so far in this match.

Fellow pacers Chris Woakes (2/19), Stuart Broad (1/37) and Sam Curran (1/26) complemented the seasoned Anderson well sharing the rest four wickets.

Woakes was 120 not out, having shared a partnership of 189 with Jonny Bairstow (93) that was an England record for the sixth wicket in Test matches against India, beating the 171 put on by Ian Botham and Bob Taylor at Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1980.

By contrast, England´s innings commenced under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen. But England " s batting has often proved fallible recently. "I don't think it's just the Indian batsmen who would have struggled".

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Hosts England lost Keaton Jennings for 11 runs after a quick start, as Mohammed Shami provided the breakthrough for India.

That brought debutant Ollie Pope to the crease and Surrey's talented 20-year-old showed no signs of nerves as he combined with Root to take the score to 77-2.

Jos Buttler (24) got in and got out before he too fell lbw aiming across the line as Shami took a third wicket this innings.

But a promising innings of 28 ended when Pope was lbw to all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Earlier, India made a decision to play with two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara had a horrific return to Test cricket.

Anderson bowled one at a back of a length outside off and the ball jagged back in to take the inside edge before landing in Bairstow's gloves.

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