Woakes and Bairstow grind India into the Lord's dirt as England dominate

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2018

Bairstow and Woakes came together when England were struggling at 131 for five, only 24 ahead of India, with the ball still moving around, but the pair drained the life out of India who found themselves short of pace bowling and over-loaded with spin on a slow pitch.

That brought in Chris Woakes (55 not out) and alongside Jonny Bairstow he ensured more pain for India.

Jimmy Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in English conditions taking 5-20 as England bowled out India for a miserly 107 on the second day of the second Test at Lord's, but it was a "selfish" move from Virat Kohli that had Indian fans up in arms.

The second session will be vital with India still looking to get early wickets to keep England's first-innings lead to a minimum.

Indeed no batsman had made more than 29 and the overall batting average in the game stood at 14.93 - the lowest for a Test in England since 1958.

India now trail 1-0 in the five-match Test series after a 31-run loss at Edgbaston.

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.

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.

Five balls later Jennings's fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (21) was out as well, caught behind off a superb Sharma delivery from around the wicket that squared him up and seamed away before finding the outside edge.

As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan. 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.

But a promising innings of 28 ended when Pope was lbw to all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

It was not certain that Woakes would play this Test. England decided on the second morning to select him over off-spinner Moeen Ali, with Ben Stokes on trial for affray.

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