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England vs. India, second Test: Tourists facing defeat at Lord's

England vs. India, second Test: Tourists facing defeat at Lord's

If India are to spring in a surprise after a dismal show with the bat in the 1st innings, Ashwin not only needs to lend his support to the pacers but also take regular wickets from the other end to mount the pressure on England. "And Woakes and Bairstow took the game away".

The wicket, which left India 15-3, prompted a downpour so heavy the rest of the players sprinted off the field and overtook a crestfallen Pujara on the boundary rope.

By contrast, England´s innings commenced under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen.

Sam Curran struck 22 not out from 24 balls as England chose to continue batting despite Sunday's forecast predicting rain.

Anderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, finished off the Indians - and secured his five wicket performance - by removing Ishant Sharma.

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who struck first when, from around the wicket, he had Keaton Jennings, aiming across the line, lbw for 11.

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by England debutant Ollie Pope, after a mix-up with Virat Kohli. It took the Surrey right-hander just two balls to score his first Test runs when he flicked a Sharma inswinger behind square-leg for four. But Bairstow, as he's often done before, held firm while attacking the loose ball.

Amazingly, the same thing happened with the fall of India's fifth wicket, Buttler again spurning a chance in the cordon off Woakes to spare Hardik Pandya before grasping the second edge the very next delivery.

Both off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and recalled left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless, with India having cause to regret dropping paceman Umesh Yadav.

Bairstow received sound support from the correct Woakes, selected after fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes was omitted because of clash with his ongoing trial for affray.

A quick word from Bairstow helped Woakes to compose himself and a pull shot over mid-wicket for three took him to the landmark off just 129 balls.