Under overcast conditions, where rain made an appearance for the second day running, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin top-scored for India with the bat with 29 as James Anderson once again showed why he is the king of swing bowling.
On a day where just over 35 overs of play was possible, we look at the key talking points.
ANDERSON IS KING AT LORD’S
With the first day being completely washed out due to incessant rain and the start of the second delayed due to another bout, the stage was perfectly set up for James Anderson to work his magic once again at one of his favourite stomping grounds.
The veteran pacer got to work immediately with the very first over of the day as he pegged Murali Vijay back with four consecutive out-swingers. With the fifth ball, Anderson bowled a fuller delivery which seemed to be drifting down the leg side as Vijay got himself into position for a flick.
The Indian opener was left completely flummoxed though as the ball moved away sharply after pitching and took his off-stump. That was just the start of Anderson’s wizardry with the English pacer then drawing a thick outside edge off the bat off KL Rahul with another outswinger which Jonny Bairstow had no troubles collecting. He returned later in the day to remove the well-set Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma to complete his 26th five-wicket haul and move within a wicket of 100 dismissals at Lord’s.
CHETESHWAR PUJARA’S RUN-OUT WOES CONTINUE
Imagine being Cheteshwar Pujara right now. The top-order batsman signed up for a stint in county cricket with Yorkshire in order to prepare himself for the Test series only to see his poor form in the competition count against him when it came to the team selection for the Edgbaston Test.
When he was finally given his chance and recalled into the side for the Lord’s Test, his stay at the crease was short-lived with another run-out compounding his woes. The right-hander tapped an Anderson delivery towards point and called for a quick single which non-striker Virat Kohli responded to immediately. However, the Indian skipper applied the brakes mid-way through and sent Pujara back, who was run-out by a mile by debutant Ollie Pope as India lost their third wicket.
That dismissal means Pujara has now been run-out a staggering seventh time in Tests with five of them coming since 2016.
WOAKES MAKES UP FOR STOKES’ ABSENCE AS INDIA FLOUNDER
How England would cope with Ben Stokes’ absence was a burning question coming into the Test and it was one which got an emphatic response from Chris Woakes. The England all-rounder was lethal with the red-ball from the get go on Friday as he made India’s batsmen, including Kohli, dance to his tunes.
After seeing Ajinkya Rahane dropped by Joe Root off his bowling, Woakes got the big wicket of Kohli as some late away swing found the Indian skipper’s outside edge. Bowling an unrelenting line, Woakes soon found the edge off Hardik Pandya’s bat but Jos Buttler grassed the chance at second slip. In the next delivery, the same script was followed, only this time Buttler managed to cling on to the catch as India continued their downward spiral.
The late away movement Woakes was generating on Friday was too much to handle for India’s batsmen as he more than adequately filled the boots of the elsewhere occupied Stokes.
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10:15pm – India on the mat at Lord’s as England’s pacers make hay
The second day of the Lord’s Test between England and India has drawn to a close and it is the hosts who have seized control of the match. The Indians were bowled out for just 107 runs after being made to bat first in overcast conditions by Joe Root. Ravichandran Ashwin top-scored for India with a 29 while James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-20.
Stay tuned for the talking points from the day.
5:15 pm – Pujara run out before rain delay
Cheteshwar Pujara was run-out following a mix-up with captain Virat Kohli as India were reduced to 15-3 before yet another rain interruption in the second Test against England at Lord’s.
Earlier, James Anderson picked up the wickets of openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul on a pitch that offered a lot of lateral movement.
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1:45 pm – England bowl first at Lord’s
Joe Root won the toss and decided to bowl first in the second Test against India at Lord’s.
England went in with all-rounder Chris Woakes for the unavailable Ben Stokes while the visitors selected Cheteshwar Pujara and Kuldeep Yadav.
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1:00 pm – Play expected to get underway at Lord’s
The opening day was washed out following persistent rain.
Read more about other Tests in England where the first day’s play was rained off here.
12:30 pm – Sohail Tanvir gives middle-finger send-off
Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir landed himself in trouble after he showed Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting two middle fingers after dismissing him in the Caribbean Premier League.
The actions of Guyana pacer Tanvir attracted a lot of criticism on social media and the left-arm seamer is expected to face strict action.
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12:00 – Sandeep Lamichhane on fire
Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane finished with fine figures of 2-12 from his four overs in the CPL.
However, despite his best efforts, his team the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots ended up losing the match against Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets.
Read the report here.
James Anderson picked up the wickets of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul within the first seven overs of the Lord’s Test before Cheteshwar Pujara was run out after a mix-up with captain Virat Kohli.
When rain forced India and England off the field yet again after lunch, the visitors were staring down the barrel at 15-3. Play did resume eventually, after an extended period of delay. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were beginning to form a promising partnership before the former was dismissed by Chris Woakes for 24 to reduce India to 49-4.
The England pacer would strike again soon after as Hardik Pandya became his second victim. India lost their sixth wicket shortly after when Dinesh Karthik was castled by Sam Curran. Rahane would then become the seventh batsman to fall as Anderson returned to pick up his third wicket of the day. The veteran England pacer then made it four scalps to his name after trapping Kuldeep Yadav plumb in front of the wicket. In the very next over, Stuart Broad got his name on the wicket-takers list after he dismissed Ravi Ashwin in similar fashion.
Anderson would then complete his five-wicket haul when he dismissed Ishant Sharma for a duck.
Friday was effectively the opening day of the Test after rain ruined the entire day’s play on Thursday.
Joe Root went in for the reliable seam bowling of Chris Woakes who replaces Ben Stokes, facing trail in the Bristol brawl case.
India made two changes to the side with one-down batsman Cheteshwar Pujara replacing out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav coming in for pacer Umesh Yadav.
England lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 31 run win in Birmingham.