England and India are playing the second Test of the five-Test match Pataudi Trophy 2018 at the iconic Lord’s ground. England is already 1-0 up in the series with a very hard-fought win at Edgbaston.
The first day and part of the second day was washed out at the Lord’s, England needed just 35 overs to clean up India for just 107 runs. James Anderson picked 5/20 and was at the forefront of the demolition job at the iconic ground.
England began their first innings at Lord’s on day three and started off cautiously before Jennings fell LBW to Shami for 11 runs. Jennings took the DRS review but was found plumb out. Ishant Sharma got Alastair Cook knicking behind to Dinesh Karthik for 21 and Shami then accounted for Joe Root for 19 runs. Newbie Ollie Pope hit 28 runs, before Hardik Pandya’s in dipper found him LBW, leaving England 89/4.
However, Jonny Bairstow (93 with 12 fours) and Jos Buttler stabilized the innings; Shami got him LBW for 24 off 22 balls. Chris Woakes then walked in and along with Bairstow, took the game away from India, over by over and stroke by stroke. He became the 10th player to make it on both the batting and bowling honors boards.
The duo added 189 runs for the 6th wicket. Chris Woakes scored his first Test century off 129 balls and was elated to reach the milestone. Jonny Bairstow however, wasn’t so lucky, as a brilliant one-handed catch by Dinesh Karthik off Hardik Pandya ended his innings at 93.
Indian bowlers were hampered by the bright sunshine and dry pitch with only Mohammad Shami getting traditional and reverse swing.
Bad light ended play early with Chris Woakes not out at 120 and Sam Curran unbeaten on 22 runs.
IND 107 (J ANDERSON 5/20) & ENG 357/6 (C WOAKES 120*, J BAIRSTOW 93; M SHAMI 3/74)
England leads India by 250 runs