Ton-up Woakes Lords it over India in second Test


Ton-up Woakes Lords it over India in second Test

Veteran quick James Anderson starred with the ball taking five wickets to help England bowl India out for a paltry 107 at stumps on a rain-truncated second day of the second Test at Lord's here on Friday. That meant England were on 137 for five, already 22 runs ahead of India's first-innings total of 107.

After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat on Friday.

Virat Kohli's mistake led to Cheteshwar Pujara being run out.

Having come together shortly after lunch with England struggling at 131-5, Woakes (120 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (93) shared a match-changing stand of 189.

While on the first day, the team was treated to dishes like chicken lasagna, paneer tikka curry and apple pie with custard, among many others, the second day saw them being served with banana and date sticky toffee pudding, chicken carbonara, prawns in marie rose sauce and much more. The sight of big-hitting Jos Buttler at the crease would not have settled their nerves, but such has been the difficulty to score on the Lord's pitch that Virat Kohli and Co. would have doubtless backed themselves to make early inroads.

No player has more wickets there at a lower average.

England prefer Chris Woakes to Moeen Ali as the replacement for Ben Stokes, while Ollie Pope is in for Dawid Malan.

Broad chipped in with one wicket getting Ashwin caught LBW in the 35th over.

It was then left to Anderson to have the final say as he capped a stunning day with the final wicket of Ishant Sharma to leave India in complete disarray. "When you build pressure all day no matter who you are it is hard", he said. While left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin may play a key role to trap Englishmen.

Both teams had made changes from the first Test with India making two changes from Edgbaston and opting for a twin spin bowling attack.

It may not be long though before their attention - and England's - turns to bowling and trying to force through a win to put their side 2-0 up in the series.

Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan.