Ton-up Woakes Lords it over India in second Test


Saturday´s play resumed with England yet to begin their reply after James Anderson, in overcast conditions ideal for swing bowling, had taken five for 20 on Friday following Thursday´s total washout.

Put in to bat after incessant rain completely washed out the opening day, India failed to recover from the early jolts of openers Murali Vijay (0) and Lokesh Rahul (8) before the showers disrupted the proceedings in the morning session.

The best bits from a rain-interrupted day four of the second Test at Lord's between England and India.

James Anderson was the star of the second day, finishing with figures of 5-20. 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.

In the 6.3 overs possible it was Anderson, swinging the new ball with nearly absurd ease, who struck twice.

Gavaskar will be in England for the last three Tests to be played at Trent Bridge, The Ageas Bowl and The Oval.

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

A reticent Kohli originally ran and then, with his partner nearly at the other end, sent him back.

That brought in new cap Ollie Pope.

Their unbroken sixth-wicket stand was so far worth 99 runs and all the more valuable for the fact that England had slumped to 89 for four on the stroke of lunch. Woakes, one of the most popular men in cricket, was delighted with his efforts, and I think it is fair to say that England cricket is delighted with and for him.

Amazingly, the same thing happened with the fall of India's fifth wicket, Buttler again spurning a chance in the cordon off Woakes to spare Hardik Pandya before grasping the second edge the very next delivery.

Rahane, Karthik (wk), Pandya, Ashwin, Kuldeep, Shami, Sharma.

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.