Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rain disrupts Lord's test again as India struggle

Rain disrupts Lord's test again as India struggle

James Anderson, England " s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, took full advantage of the swing-friendly conditions with a return of five for 20.

England bowled India all out for 107 in its first innings on a rain-interrupted second day.

According to the images of the team-sheet circulating on social media, England are set to replace Ben Stokes with Chris Woakes as the Rajasthan Royals all-rounder misses out due to his ongoing affray trail.

India captain Virat Kohli may field the same playing XI for two consecutive Test matches for the first time since he took over as captain in the longer formats in 2014.

In the first match at Edgbaston in Birmingham, he scored 149 runs in the first innings followed by a gutsy knock of 51 runs. "For me I find it so much fun when it is like that", said Anderson.

After rain meant there was no play on Thursday, Anderson struck with the fifth ball of the match when Murali Vijay, aiming legside, was undone by late outswing and bowled for a duck.

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Anderson immediately jolted India by trapping chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (0) plumb in front with a brilliant in-swinger, which the television replays also ruled in favour of the hosts.

Kohli responded, only to change his mind and retreat.

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.

It was a similar story with Pandya, Woakes putting the disappointment of a dropped catch aside to strike with his very next ball.

But the 35.2 overs that England bowled after winning the toss were enough for them to dismiss India, with Anderson ending the day´s play when Ishant Sharma was lbw for nought.

Anderson, who has 544 Test wickets, will have his eyes on equaling Ian Botham's record of 27 five-wicket hauls in the longest format.

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