Second Specsavers Test, Lord’s (day three of five)
India 107: R Ashwin 29,Anderson 5-20, Woakes 2-19
England 357-6: Woakes 120*, Bairstow 93, Shami 3-74
England lead by 250 runs
Chris Woakes’ maiden Test century put England in total control on the third day of the second Test against India.
The all-rounder’s unbeaten 120, coupled with 93 from Jonny Bairstow, took the hosts to 357-6, a lead of 250.
England slipped to 89-4 before Bairstow and Woakes shared a sixth-wicket stand of 179 at Lord’s.
Heavy rain is expected for much of Sunday, but England have put themselves in an ideal position to win this Test and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Although bad light ended play early and spared India further punishment, they will need a much-improved batting performance after their first-innings 107 if they are to save the match.
Woakes repays England’s faith
It was not certain that Woakes, recently recovered from injury, would play in this Test. England decided on the second morning to select him over off-spinner Moeen Ali, with Ben Stokes on trial for affray.
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.
He immediately looked composed and his assured play calmed down Bairstow, who frequently played and missed early in his innings.
Bairstow reached his half-century first, cover driving left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav for four, before Woakes outpaced him.
He targeted Ravichandran Ashwin, scooping him over the wicketkeeper’s head and flogging him over cow corner for four as he neared three figures.
The shot that brought up his century – a pull over mid-wicket for three – was a rare mistimed stroke.
Bairstow looked set to follow Woakes to his hundred before he edged a flat-footed drive at Hardik Pandya behind.
Woakes became only the second player after Sir Ian Botham to take five wickets in an innings, 10 wickets in a match and score a century in Tests at Lord’s.
England top-order problems continue
India, bowled out in 35.2 overs on the second day of a rain-affected game, began the third day strongly with the ball.
Keaton Jennings was lbw playing around a full ball from Mohammed Shami – he wasted one of England’s reviews by challenging the decision – before Shami drew Alastair Cook forward with a wonderful awayswinger to take the outside edge.