Ton-up Woakes Lord´s it over India in second Test

India's Cheteshwar Pujara left and head coach Ravi Shastri talk during a nets session at Edgbaston a day ahead of the 1st test cricket match between England and India

England´s batsman Chris Woakes (R) celebrates scoring his century on the third day of the second Test between England and India at Lord´s, London, on August 11, 2018.

When bad light forced an early close on the third day, England were 357 for six in reply to India´s meagre first-innings 107 - a commanding lead of 250 runs.

The presence of two risky batsmen, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, in the middle, meant that there was no respite to the Indian bowlers.

But the day's headlines belong to James Anderson who scalped Rahane, Kuldeep and Ishant to complete his sixth 5-wicket haul at Lord's, putting England firmly in the drivers seat.

"You do not get conditions like that much in England anymore with the ball doing that much in the air or off the pitch".

India skipper Virat Kohli turns back on Cheteshwar Pujara. Having been bowled out for 107 on day two of the stop-start, rain-affected match at the home of cricket, the tourists knew they had to make early inroads into the hosts batting line-up.

Thereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (10) falling to Woakes before left-armer Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik's (1) stumps for a ride.

An nearly obligatory slightly sticky spell in the 90s aside, it was a near-chanceless innings -Woakes missed just 3.8% of his deliveries, the least of any batsman in this series - but equally never shied away from playing his shots, ending the day, by CricViz calculations, having played 31% attacking shots - the most he's ever played in a Test innings of 15 or more balls.

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.

It seemed as if he would continue the trend when he told the media on the eve of the second Test that the team is tempted to play two spinners at Lord's.

As expected England gave a test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan.



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