India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain stops play, India reeling at 11/2

Tanya Simon
August 12, 2018

However, Woakes (120no) and Bairstow (93) batted them out of contention either side of tea and, after day one and much of day two were washed out and more rain forecast for Sunday and Monday, the weather may provide India with their best chance of escaping with a draw.

James Anderson, England " s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, took full advantage of the swing-friendly conditions with a return of five for 20.

Woakes, 29, dismissed India skipper Virat Kohli on day two and continued to impress today as he put England in complete control of the match with an unbeaten ton.

England captain Joe Root chose to field when he won the toss, a combination of cloudy skies and a green-tinged pitch were ideal for Anderson.

Brief Scores: India 11/2 (Lokesh Rahul 8, Cheteshwar Pujara 1 not out; James Anderson 2-6) vs England.

Pujara, who had stonewalled for 25 balls in overcast conditions at Lord's tapped before getting run out.

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.

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

That easy wicket for England left India at 3/15.

Anderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, finished off the Indians - and secured his five wicket performance - by removing Ishant Sharma.

Sunil Gavaskar believed that the Shikhar Dhawan was made scapegoat once again, despite scoring more runs than Murali Vijay.

Woakes, 29, missed out on England's 31-run win in the first Test of a five-match series at Edgbaston, his Warwickshire home ground, because of fitness concerns after knee and thigh injuries.

Captain Joe Root had earlier confirmed that the hosts will hand a maiden Test cap to young Ollie Pope, who replaces Dawid Malan.

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