Anderson`s fifer knocks India out for 107 in Lord`s Test

India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's: India lose openers cheaply again before rain stops play on day 2

India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's: India lose openers cheaply again before rain stops play on day 2

LONDON: Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes scored the first fifties of the match as England recovered to build a significant first-innings lead in the second Test against India at Lord's on Saturday after yet another top-order collapse.

England captain Joe Root had won the delayed toss and put India in to bat.

Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling.

India were struggling on 15 for three when heavy rain disrupted play for the third time on Friday after the entire first day of the test was lost to the wet weather. It left Pujara stranded as Ollie Pope, presented with his Test cap by Alec Stewart in the morning, started his debut with a simple run out.

At the break, Cheteshwar Pujara, who replaced Shikhar Dhawan in the playing XI, was at one and giving him company was skipper Virat Kohli (1).




Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad. "For me I find it so much fun when it is like that", said Anderson.

Nothing doing: Rain clouds hang above the pitch at Lord's.

'If we bowled like that, with those conditions, we'd bowl most teams in the world out - because we were that good.

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

Warwickshire favourite Woakes, recalled after England omitted Ben Stokes because of a clash with his fellow pace-bowling all-rounder's trial for affray, had missed the hosts' 31-run win in the first Test at his Edgbaston home ground last week because of fitness concerns following knee and calf injuries. He reached to the ball quickly which led to the mix-up between the two batsmen and ran Pujara out easily at the batsman's end.

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