Friday, 14 December, 2018

Bairstow & Woakes put England in strong position at Lord’s

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 Kohli under fire for 'selfish' act in crucial run out
Rita Gibson | 12 August, 2018, 07:58

For much of the day, thanks again to the weather, it looked as though the fans were going to be restricted to just over eight overs of cricket but then the weather cleared in the evening and India must have wished the rain had stuck around. While left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin may play a key role to trap Englishmen.

It has been an incredible day for England and Chris Woakes in particular.

Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes led England into a strong position at tea on the third day of the second Test at Lord's on Saturday as their unbeaten 99-run partnership earned the hosts a significant lead of 123 runs over India.

Before this series, KL Rahul's previous Test innings against England brought him 199 at Chennai in December 2016.

Having come together shortly after lunch with England struggling at 131-5, Woakes (120 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (93) shared a match-changing stand of 189.

That followed a first-day washout in London.

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Woakes had already impressed with the ball, dismissing India captain Virat Kohli in taking 2-19 on Friday, but was arguably even more impressive with the bat from number seven. The sight of big-hitting Jos Buttler at the crease would not have settled their nerves, but such has been the difficulty to score on the Lord's pitch that Virat Kohli and Co. would have doubtless backed themselves to make early inroads.

Chris Woakes gave Bairstow fine support as England stretched their lead.

After an assured start Keaton Jennings was the first to depart, LBW to Mohammed Shami (two for 27) for 11.

What's done is done, though, and India will look for a disciplined bowling performance to get back into the game. The veteran Indian spinner, who is a close friend and former teammate of Arjun's father Sachin Tendulkar, took to Twitter and posted a picture with the budding cricketer. 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. Just before lunch, however, India struck with the vital wicket of the skipper.

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.

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