Sunday, 21 October, 2018

India vs England 2nd Test Day 3 at Lord's: Highlights

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Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 06:57

Anderson finished with five for 20, but he hailed the contribution of Chris Woakes, who took two wickets including the key...

Bairstow and Woakes came together when England were struggling at 131 for five, only 24 ahead of India, with the ball still moving around, but the pair drained the life out of India who found themselves short of pace bowling and over-loaded with spin on a slow pitch.

In the first over back, Kohli, off strike, refused an easy single called by Pujara.

The second session will be vital with India still looking to get early wickets to keep England's first-innings lead to a minimum.

The all-rounder's unbeaten 120, coupled with 93 from Jonny Bairstow, took the hosts to 357-6, a lead of 250.

Play resumed with England, 1-0 up in a five-match series after their 31-run win at Edgbston last week, yet to bat.

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Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes celebrate their partnership on the third day of the second Test at Lord's between England and India.

That brought debutant Ollie Pope to the crease and Surrey's talented 20-year-old showed no signs of nerves as he combined with Root to take the score to 77-2.

Bairstow reached his half-century first, cover driving wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav for four, before Woakes outpaced him. But Bairstow, as he's often done before, held firm while attacking the loose ball. 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. 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). As so often happens they did not have to wait long fir the second wicket, Alastair Cook caught behind for 21 off Ishant Sharma (one for 26) to leave England on 32 for two.

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.

Woakes had already impressed with the ball, dismissing India captain Virat Kohli in taking 2-19 on Friday, but was arguably even more impressive with the bat from number seven.