England v India: Tourists struggle but rain halts England charge with ball

Sam Curran Paul Farbrace and Ollie Pope of England look on from the balcony before the 2nd Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Lord's

Woakes surged past Bairstow and was suddenly in sight of securing a place on the batting honors board at Lord's - to go along with his place on the bowling honors board after taking two five-wicket hauls at Lord's against Pakistan two years ago.

But the 36-year-old swing bowler was ably assisted by Chris Woakes, whose spell of 2-19 in an extended final session included the key scalp of India skipper Kohli.

England´s batsman Chris Woakes (R) celebrates scoring his century on the third day of the second Test between England and India at Lord´s, London, on August 11, 2018.

This was a day in three parts - all interspersed by showers - with the first dominated by Anderson, the second by a horrendous run-out of Cheteshwar Pujara and the third by Woakes and Anderson again.

'If we were bowling at our batsmen, we'd have the better of them too.

This second day may have begun in bright sunshine.

In the 6.3 overs possible it was Anderson, swinging the new ball with nearly absurd ease, who struck twice.

Vijay, bowled by a beauty from Anderson for nought in the first innings, was undone by another brute of a delivery, inside-edging behind to a ball that moved sharply into him this time rather than swinging away. "For me I find it so much fun when it is like that", said Anderson.

A reticent Kohli originally ran and then, with his partner nearly at the other end, sent him back.

Their unbroken sixth-wicket stand was so far worth 99 runs and all the more valuable for the fact that England had slumped to 89 for four on the stroke of lunch.

That brought in new cap Ollie Pope.

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

Pope made a promising 28 before he was lbw to Pandya.

Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder who was man of the match at Edgbaston, then came to the party to bowl Dinesh Karthik with a handsome in-swinger. But the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya manage to push the hosts on the backfoot with four of them back in the hut at the stroke of lunch.

Anderson's new ball partner Stuart Broad then joined the party with the wicket of Ashwin, who looked good during his 38-ball stay, that also included four courageous hits to the fence.

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