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

Although bad light ended play early and spared India further punishment, they will need a much-improved batting performance after their first-innings 107 if they are to save this Test.

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.

Virat Kohli and co will look for early wickets on Saturday as the second England-India Test match enters its third day.

Brief Scores: India 11/2 (Lokesh Rahul 8, Cheteshwar Pujara 1 not out; James Anderson 2-6) vs England.

After rain washed out the opening day without a ball being bowled, England skipper Joe Root today won the toss and elected to field against India.

After a rain delay, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and a downpour followed immediately.

Anderson's new ball partner Stuart Broad then joined the party with the wicket of Ashwin, who looked good during his 38-ball stay, that also included four courageous hits to the fence.

Nothing doing: Rain clouds hang above the pitch at Lord's. We hardly bowled any bad balls, we didn't give them much to hit, and when you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are, it is hard.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman.

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.

Sunil Gavaskar believed that the Shikhar Dhawan was made scapegoat once again, despite scoring more runs than Murali Vijay.

It was not certain that Woakes would play this Test. England decided on the second morning to select him over off-spinner Moeen Ali, with Ben Stokes on trial for affray.

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