Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

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

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

On Friday, during the rain-affected day two of the second Test, Arjun, who is now in London for a training session with MCC Young Cricketers, helped out the grand staff at Lord's.

Chris Woakes hit his maiden Test century as England hammered home their advantage over India in the second Test at Lord's.

Having scored 141 runs in the afternoon session to take the lead past 100, England continued to dominant after tea, with Bairstow reaching his half-century and Woakes following suit shortly after.

Woakes, back after thigh and knee injuries that have so far blighted his summer, started the carnage after he had Kohli caught on 23 by Jos Buttler at second slip just one ball after the same man had dropped him.

The partnership has given England a good chance of moving into a 2-0 lead over India in the five-match series.

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The first was the result of an absolutely stunning away swinger that bowled Murali Vijay off the fifth ball of the day. Anderson then had KL Rahul (eight) caught behind, with India now 10 for two.

This was a day in three parts - all interspersed by showers - with the first dominated by Anderson, the second by a horrendous run-out of Cheteshwar Pujara and the third by Woakes and Anderson again.

The 29-year-old had already proved his worth with the ball by taking two for 19 on Friday, including the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli.

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

Shami changed the angle after not finding success initially and the move paid off immediately with Keaton Jennings (11) getting trapped plumb in front off a full delivery. But Kuldeep rarely troubled Bairstow, who cover-drove him for four to complete a 76-ball fifty featuring seven boundaries.

With the sun shining it looked like flawless batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match. The 20-year-old played only 15 First-Class matches before this clash leaving many to wonder whether the young gun had what it takes to take on the world's best side. He got off the mark with a four and looked composed throughout out his innings of 28 before he was LBW to Hardik Pandya (one for 16). However, the other batsmen offered little to no resistance and James Anderson ended up with figures of 5/20.

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