England v India: Tourists struggle but rain halts England charge with ball

Rex Christensen
August 12, 2018

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England had stumbled to 89-4 in reply to India's first- innings 107, but Bairstow played confidently and was unbeaten on 62 at the interval while the returning Woakes (55 not out) notched up his fifth Test fifty as the hosts reached 230-5.

Cheteshwar Pujara was five not out and Ajinkya Rahane one not out, with India captain Virat Kohli unable to bat in his regular number four position because of back stiffness.

Woakes surged past Bairstow and was suddenly in sight of securing a place on the batting honors board at Lord's - to go along with his place on the bowling honors board after taking two five-wicket hauls at Lord's against Pakistan two years ago.

Vijay, bowled by a beauty from Anderson for nought in the first innings, was undone by another brute of a delivery, inside-edging behind to a ball that moved sharply into him this time rather than swinging away. Anderson followed up by trapping KL Rahul lbw for 10 with a ball that came back off the seam into the right-hander.

His exit gave Anderson, fifth in the all-time standings, his 551st Test wicket.

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Anderson was now just 12 shy of the 563 Test wickets taken by Glenn McGrath.

Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, the world's leading Test wicket-taker, is the only other bowler to capture 100 wickets at a single venue. All-rounder Woakes registered his maiden worldwide century, while Bairstow scored his 19th Test fifty as the duo shared a 189-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Warwickshire favourite Woakes, recalled after England omitted Ben Stokes because of a clash with his fellow pace-bowling all-rounder´s trial for affray, had missed the hosts´ 31-run win in the first Test at his Edgbaston home ground last week because of fitness concerns following knee and calf injuries.

Curran pulled Mohammed Shami for six before his 49-ball 40 ended when he sliced Hardik Pandya to Shami at third man.

Chris Woakes, who turned the game on its head alongside Jonny Bairstow on the third day, continued to pile on the runs even though most expected them to declare overnight due to the dodgy weather.

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