England vs India 2nd Test, Day 3: Hosts lose openers Jennings, Cook

Tanya Simon
August 12, 2018

It was ironical that players were racing off the ground a ball earlier as it started drizzling only to be called back by the umpires. He was fortunate to enter the fray with the ball no longer swinging as it had throughout the match and India's bowling attack - undoubtedly rueing the decision to pick two spinners - either tiring or ineffective.

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.

The presence of two unsafe batsmen, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, in the middle, meant that there was no respite to the Indian bowlers.

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.

Even though Bairstow was the more senior of the pair, it was Woakes who looked the more impressive, driving, cutting and pulling the ball with authority around the Lord's outfield.

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With the sun shining it looked like ideal batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match.

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.

Earlier, England's top order again failed with openers Keaton Jennings (11) and Alastair Cook (21) falling in successive overs. The 20-year-old played only 15 First-Class matches before this clash leaving many to wonder whether the young gun had what it takes to take on the world's best side.

Watch day four of the second Test between England and India from 10am, Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.

Pope made a promising 28 before he was lbw to Pandya. However, the other batsmen offered little to no resistance and James Anderson ended up with figures of 5/20.

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