Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Anderson`s fifer knocks India out for 107 in Lord`s Test

James Anderson celebrates one of his two early wickets on day two James Anderson celebrates one of his two early wickets on day two
Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2018, 07:56

However, the English weather dramatically changed on Thursday morning and continuous drizzle forced the officials to abandon the first day's play.

When Woakes came to the crease England were, if not in trouble - India's capitulation on Friday for 107 meant that was already off the table - at the least undergoing the latest performance from a top order that refuses to be anything other than shaky.

He targeted Ravichandran Ashwin, scooping him over the wicketkeeper's head and flogging him over cow corner for four as he neared three figures.

After bowling India out for 107, England reached 357-6 by the close on day three after Woakes and Bairstow shared a stunning partnership worth 189.

For the tourists it seems their only hope of avoiding defeat and going 2-0 down in the five-match series is to perform a rain dance and hope the heavens open.

With the forecast set fair for Saturday, it will be the turn of England's batsmen to drive home the advantage given to them by their bowlers on a day where there were two stoppages for rain spanning more than five hours.

In the first match at Edgbaston in Birmingham, he scored 149 runs in the first innings followed by a gutsy knock of 51 runs.

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

Chris Woakes gave Bairstow fine support as England stretched their lead.

Bairstow and Jos Buttler went on the offensive immediately after the interval, quickly taking England past India's first innings total, but, while Bairstow remained to inflict further damage on India, Buttler departed for 24, becoming Shami's (3-74) third lbw victim after being beaten for pace as he advanced and moved across his stumps to try and work the ball to leg.

Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings' opening stand progressed serenely to 28 before they were dismissed in the space of six balls, Jennings (11) lbw to Mohammed Shami before Cook (21) nicked Ishant Sharma (1-88) behind.

That brought in new cap Ollie Pope.

India captain Virat Kohli may field the same playing XI for two consecutive Test matches for the first time since he took over as captain in the longer formats in 2014.

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