Stuart Broad picked up four wickets while James Anderson also snared four as England beat India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s to lead the five Test series 2-0. .
After batting on for just forty minutes, England captain Joe Root declared at 397 for seven, a lead of 289. Century maker Chris Woakes was left unbeaten on 137, more than double his previous highest Test score.
India’s innings then started as disastrously as Anderson sent Murali Vijay back to the pavilion for a duck, his 100th Test wicket at the Home of Cricket. KL Rahul followed soon after to have the tourists reeling at 13 for two.
Play resumed following another rain delay. Ajinkya Rahane perished in the slip cordon, bringing in captain Virat Kohli who was forced to wait for his turn after being off the field for a long period during England’s innings due to a back injury. Cheteshwar Pujara was then castled by Broad, leaving India on 50-4. Broad removed Kohli and Dinesh Karthik off successive balls to set the stage for an innings win.
Follow all the action ball-by-ball from Lord’s below as India fight to survive.
New father Chris Woakes gave himself extra reason to celebrate with a brilliant maiden Test century on his Lord’s comeback.
Woakes’ unbeaten 120 was the lynchpin of England‘s recovery from 131-5, especially in a sixth-wicket stand of 189 with Jonny Bairstow who fell seven short of a century.
The hosts closed day three of the Test on 357-6 and with a huge lead of 250 over India.
All-rounder Woakes, recalled after injury to replace the absent Ben Stokes, admitted afterwards he was so caught up in the moment when he reached three figures that it never entered his head to conduct a ‘baby’ celebration – following the birth of his daughter Laila last month.
There was no rocking gesture, so beloved of modern-day footballers, from the understated Woakes – whose 159-ball innings followed two wickets the previous day as he proved he is right back to his best after two months out with injury.
It turned out to be an actual ‘daddy hundred’ – a term coined by former England batsman and coach Graham Gooch to describe important centuries.
He said: “The lads did ask me actually where was the baby celebration – but for some reason, that wasn’t really on my mind.
“I didn’t really have any ideas of how I was going to celebrate, and didn’t really know how to – but I’m obviously just delighted. It’s still a bit of a blur. It seems to go so fast – 30 seconds of raising your bat feels literally like a blink of the eye.
“But it’s an incredible feeling. That feeling of raising your bat to a standing ovation at Lord’s is a bit of a boyhood dream.”
He confirmed life has changed in the Woakes household since the new arrival six weeks ago.
“Yes, it has been a little bit different – a little bit of a shock to the system, but obviously fantastic as well,” he said.
“It certainly puts things in perspective, when you have a bad day at the cricket and go home.”
Back on Test duty, Woakes’ return could hardly have gone better – at a venue where he has always fared well, and has the distinction of a Test batting average above 50 and bowling average under 10.
“It’s a sweet day,” he added. “I was over the moon to get the call to be back in the squad. I could never really have dreamt of scoring a hundred in my comeback Test.
“With five or six weeks out injured, you’re watching the boys all summer – and you want to be out there.”
BIG SHOES TO FILL
He had to sit out his home Test at Edgbaston, and a thrilling England victory, last week – but was determined to be himself here rather than try to copy the man he was replacing.
“Coming in in place of Ben Stokes, it’s quite big shoes to fill,” Woakes said. “But you try not to think about that – I don’t try to play like him, I play like myself, try to do my job for the team, and thankfully I’ve done that so far.”
Woakes and Bairstow became ever more comfortable against a touring attack who found conditions significantly changed after their own batsmen had been hustled out for 107.
Jonny Bairstow was dismissed just seven runs short of his century as England scored at nearly four and a half runs an over on Saturday.
For India, fast bowler Mohammed Shami picked up 3-74 but the other bowlers didn’t provide enough support as England looked all set to take a 2-0 lead in the series, weather permitting, with Woakes batting on 120.
Here are the talking points from a brilliant day for England at Lord’s.
SEAMERS STRIKE FOR INDIA
The overnight rain meant that even though the sun was out in London at the start of play on Saturday, there was enough zip in the pitch to assist the quicker men. Both Shami and Ishant Sharma found late movement from round the wicket to trap Keaton Jennings lbw and fellow opener Alastair Cook caught behind, respectively.
The wicket started to misbehave with the ball staying low. Hardik Pandya had debutant Ollie Pope lbw with one that skidded on to the batsman before Shami got one to stay low and hit captain Joe Root on the pad right at the stroke of lunch. At 89-4, it was game on.
BAIRSTOW AND WOAKES’ COUNTER-ATTACK
After Jos Buttler was trapped lbw by Shami, England were in a spot of bother at 131-5. But instead of going into their shell, Bairstow and all-rounder Woakes remained positive as they worked the ball into the gaps while accumulating boundaries. The hosts maintained a run rate of more than four an over throughout the innings, even though they were lucky early on with Bairtsow and Woakes getting numerous inside edges.
But once Ishant and Shami were out of the attack, England knew the Indian bowling didn’t pose much of a threat. Pandya was honest at best while wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav (0-44 from nine overs) looked completely out of sorts at the ‘Home of Cricket’.
LEAD OF MORE THAN 200
As the pitch began to ease out, India ran out of ideas. Bairstow and Woakes matched each other shot for shot and scored almost a boundary an over as they raised their 100-run stand in the first over after tea.
The final session went from bad to worse for Virat Kohli. Woakes and Bairstow put the foot on the pedal as they took their partnership past 150 in the 68th over with Woakes steering Ravi Ashwin past long leg for a boundary.
The cloud cover had returned by that time but the Indian bowlers had no clue against the rampant duo. Both were into the 90s after 70 overs with England at a healthy 299-5 and it was Woakes who brought up his maiden Test ton with a swing over mid-on for three runs off the bowling of Pandya.
But right after the two had taken the lead past 200, Bairstow edged Pandya behind to miss out on a deserved ton by seven runs. The two added 189 runs.
Chris Woakes has a higher Test batting average than Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Tom Westley, Keaton Jennings, Ben Duckett, James Vince, Alex Hales, Adam Lyth, Sam Robson, Nick Compton, James Taylor....— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) August 11, 2018
I could go on.#ENGvIND
While England’s seamers were all over India in the first innings, India couldn’t make a similar impact. Apart from Shami and Ishant, no Indian bowler looked like picking up wickets consistently. Even then, Ishant went for more than four an over for his 1-88 from 19 overs.
In fact, ace spinner Ravi Ashwin came into bowl only in the 39th over, raising some serious questions about the tactics of the Indian team.