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Bairstow and Woakes put England on top against India in second Test

13 August 2018

England swing king James Anderson became the first to claim 100 Test wickets at Lord's Cricket Ground on Sunday as his team played a second innings against India on the fourth day of the second Test.

After Thursday's opening day was washed out, England took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against the world's top-ranked side within three days.

England, who ended at 357-6 at Stumps on Day Three, have a huge lead of 250 runs which can prove to be sufficient to bowl out the Indian team in the second innings, considering the batting form the visitors are in.

England v India 2018 Chris Woakes
Bairstow and Woakes put England on top against India in second Test

- This is the first innings defeat that India have suffered since Virat Kohli took over captaincy in 2004.

India batted for just 82.2 overs in the entire match, with England's lone innings occupying 88.1 overs.

Joe Root won the toss on day 2 and with the kind of environment around the decision to bowl first nearly sealed the game in England's favour. A comic run out and almost three and a half hours of rain delay later, once again it fell to Virat Kohli to man the trenches against England's all out swing assault - once again his duel with Anderson demanded your attention.

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After England captain Joe Root had declared his team's first innings closed at 396 for seven, Vijay pushed forward to a full delivery in Anderson's second over and was caught behind off a thin inside edge by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

Anderson was now just 12 shy of the 563 Test wickets taken by Glenn McGrath. And that might serve as a blessing in disguise for Virat Kohli's men and boost their chances of saving the Test match.

Resuming on 357-6, England surprisingly made a decision to bat on despite extending their lead past 150 on day three when Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow shared a partnership of 189.

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"I was gutted when that rain arrived, " Broad said. I thought he (Ollie Pope) played really well. To come in and put pressure on the opposition at times was a great sign.

The conditions were favourable to a side with four quick bowlers on form, and it was a superb toss to win, but England have shown, after a dismal winter past year, that they are capable of being a stunning side. To get a hundred and be on the Honours Board is something that will stay with me forever. Ultimately little highlighted India's troubles against the moving ball more than the scoreboard at the end of the day - 107 all out - their hopes in this Test disappearing down the drain as fast as the puddles in the outfield had earlier in the afternoon.

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Bairstow and Woakes put England on top against India in second Test