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

More rain expected at Lord's

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.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) top-scored for the visitors even as the English pacers used the overcast conditions well, with Anderson emerging the wrecker-in-chief to pick 5/20.

Moreover, an average of 65 in first-class cricket also worked in Pope's favour as he replaced Dawid Malan in the squad.

Chris Woakes (120 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (93) shared a match-changing stand of 189.

Nothing doing: Rain clouds hang above the pitch at Lord's.


In a contest that has so far been dominated by bad weather, a deluge of wickets on this second day saw Virat Kohli's shell-shocked tourists dismissed for just 107. Once the lead crossed 100, Indian fielders' shoulders dropped and they played for the tea break. He reached to the ball quickly which led to the mix-up between the two batsmen and ran Pujara out easily at the batsman's end.

Even so, the ball continued to do something as Sharma and Shami began proceedings for the day.

Joe Root (19) had battled through a hard spell when he first came to the crease and was set to be rewarded with more favourable conditions in the afternoon, only to be undone by Shami with a ball that nipped back and stayed low in the final over of the morning.

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who struck first when, from around the wicket, he had Keaton Jennings, aiming across the line, lbw for 11. Joe Root (19) and 20-year-old debutant Olliver Pope (28) then added 45 runs for the third wicket. But Kuldeep rarely troubled Bairstow, who cover-drove him for four to complete a 76-ball fifty featuring seven boundaries. But after skipper Virat Kohli had a chat, Pandya tightened up his line to the batsmen and became much more effective. It was an lbw, there was no inside edge in the pad, but England's DRS seems to have gone waste.

However, India batsman Rohit Sharma called on fans to back the team through tough times as these were the same players who helped the side achieve the number one ranking in Tests.

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