Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

Ishant Sharma, whose Test-best seven for 44 against England sealed India " s 95-run win in the corresponding Lord " s Test four years ago - one of just two Indian victories in 17 previous Tests at "the home of cricket" - bowled the first over.

The excessive seam movement became too hot to handle despite only 35.2 overs being bowled on the day.

The last time a day's Test play was washed out completely at Lord's came 17 years ago when the scheduled opening day of the first Test against Pakistan was abandoned on May 17, 2001.

In the 6.3 overs possible it was Anderson, swinging the new ball with nearly absurd ease, who struck twice. The batsmen could not deal with the swing bowling on offer and slumped to a first innings total of 107 all out.

After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies.

India skipper Virat Kohli turns back on Cheteshwar Pujara. But his partner Virat Kohli ran a bit and backed away thanks to some swift fielding by the debutant.

The teams then returned to the field after losing more than three hours, and with India struggling at 15/3, Kohli was joined by his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (18).

Thereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (10) falling to Woakes before left-armer Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik's (1) stumps for a ride. It was worth the wait, though, as Root's men took control of this stop-start Test.

Woakes' top Test score was 66 before this innings but he soon reached his first century for England off just 129 balls in an innings which included 15 boundaries.

Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder who was man of the match at Edgbaston, then came to the party to bowl Dinesh Karthik with a handsome in-swinger.

Chris Woakes scored his maiden Test century and Jonny Bairstow made 93 as England built a huge lead over India in the second Test at Lord's. "For me I find it so much fun when it is like that", said Anderson.

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