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

Heather Diaz
August 12, 2018

England prefer Chris Woakes to Moeen Ali as the replacement for Ben Stokes, while Ollie Pope is in for Dawid Malan. His innings meant Woakes had his name on the three Lord's honours boards that record centuries, five-wicket innings returns and 10-wicket match hauls in Tests at the "home of cricket".

Virat Kohli is now in the middle of a run-churning spree owing to his awe-inspiring form in worldwide cricket.

Jos Buttler (24) got in and got out before he too fell lbw aiming across the line as Shami took a third wicket this innings.

Even Kohli failed to make an impact, scoring just 23 runs.

The wicket, which left India 15-3, prompted a downpour so heavy the rest of the players sprinted off the field and overtook a crestfallen Pujara on the boundary rope.

With the forecast set fair for Saturday, it will be the turn of England's batsmen to drive home the advantage given to them by their bowlers on a day where there were two stoppages for rain spanning more than five hours.

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India had recalled left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who tormented England during the preceding one-day series, for just his third Test after dropping paceman Umesh Yadav, who bowled well at Edgbaston.

The only sadness for England was that Bairstow did not reach three figures as well.

Shami changed the angle after not finding success initially and the move paid off immediately with Keaton Jennings (11) getting trapped plumb in front off a full delivery. As so often happens they did not have to wait long fir the second wicket, Alastair Cook caught behind for 21 off Ishant Sharma (one for 26) to leave England on 32 for two. With the partnership appearing to take the game away from India, Hardik struck at a vital juncture in the game trapping Pope (28) plumb in front.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman.

Put in to bat after incessant rain completely washed out the opening day, India failed to recover from the early jolts of openers Murali Vijay (0) and Lokesh Rahul (8) before the showers disrupted the proceedings in the morning session.

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