England vs India, second Test, day four

England's Chris Woakes celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's captain Virat Kohli

England's Chris Woakes celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's captain Virat Kohli Credit AFP

"In T20Is and ODIs, the bowlers get tested all the time".

Allrounder Chris Woakes displayed his batting ability with a first test century as he guided England to a commanding lead over India on Day 3 of the second test at Lord's.

Having scored 141 runs in the afternoon session to take the lead past 100, England continued to dominant after tea, with Bairstow reaching his half-century and Woakes following suit shortly after. On the Day 2, English bowlers used the conditions perfectly and restricted India for just 107 runs in the first innings.

Bairstow received sound support from the correct Woakes, selected after fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes was omitted because of clash with his ongoing trial for affray.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 following their victory in the opener at Edgbaston. The forecast of further rain over the final two days appears to offer India's best chance of avoiding defeat.

Broad (four for 44) and Anderson (four for 23) each recorded a notable new milestone as England bowled India out for 130 on the fourth day. That followed a first-day washout in London on Thursday.




That brought debutant Ollie Pope to the crease and Surrey's talented 20-year-old showed no signs of nerves as he combined with Root to take the score to 77-2. As per the latest reports, England is two down for 37 runs as Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav sent Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings back to the pavilion.

When Jos Buttler went for 24 - Shami's third leg-before wicket - England looked capable of crumbling again.

Earlier, India chose to play with two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara had a horrific return to Test cricket.

Enter Kohli, but he was to lose Pujara after 87 balls of admirable defiance when Broad bowled him off his pads with a ideal inswinger. "And Woakes and Bairstow took the game away". "The 90s were a bit of a blur but I am so pleased to get there".

"I went from 60 to 80 pretty quickly and all of a sudden started thinking about it". But Bairstow, as he's often done before, held firm while attacking the loose ball.

Instead he fell seven short when brilliantly caught one-handed by diving opposing wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik off Pandya.

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