England v India: second Test, day two

Heather Diaz
August 11, 2018

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Danielle Wyatt, England's woman cricketer, who is active on social media praised him for running out Pujara on his first day on the field. Bairstow was 62 not out and recalled all-rounder Woakes 55 not out.

Sam Curran (22no) made the most of some erratic bowling from Kuldeep Yadav to boost England's lead further and, weather permitting, he and Woakes will resume with the bat on the fourth morning.

The wicket was a turning point to an already disastrous start to the second test for Indian cricket team as the skipper had previously put in a stunning display at Edgbaston, scoring 149 and 51 he was the most prized scalp for team India.

James Anderson took five wickets in ideal swing bowling conditions after rain prevented play on Thursday (Friday NZ time) and more showers allowed only 8.3 overs before the first prolonged passage of play began shortly after 5pm local time. By contrast, Saturday " s play started under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen.

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After bowling India out for 107, England reached 357-6 by the close on day three after Woakes and Bairstow shared a stunning partnership worth 189.

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Towards the end, tailender Mohammed Shami struck a few lusty blows to guide India to the three-figure mark before fellow quick Ishant Sharma (0) was trapped by Anderson.

On the stroke of lunch, the impressive Shami picked up his second wicket with a ball that kept low and cannoned into Root's pads.

Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan.

Amazingly, the same thing happened with the fall of India's fifth wicket, Buttler again spurning a chance in the cordon off Woakes to spare Hardik Pandya before grasping the second edge the very next delivery. But Bairstow, as he's often done before, held firm while attacking the loose ball.

First, though, it was Jos Buttler who decided offence was his best option, hitting four boundaries as England surpassed India's first-innings total and took the lead.

It became a double blow as five balls later Alastair Cook (21) was caught behind off Sharma and the hosts were reduced to 32/2.

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