James Anderson took five wickets as India were bowled out for just 107 come the close of the second day of the second Test against England at Lord´s on Friday.
Anderson´s haul left England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker just one shy of becoming the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord´s.
Meanwhile Chris Woakes marked his return to international cricket with two wickets for 19 runs in six overs, removing both India captain Virat Kohli (24) and Hardik Pandya (11) via slip catches by Jos Buttler.
Much of the second day was lost to rain, which washed out the whole of Thursday´s play.
But the 35.2 overs that England bowled after winning the toss were enough for them to dismiss India, with Anderson ending the day´s play when Ishant Sharma was lbw for nought.
Anderson took five for 20 in 13.2 overs while Ravichandran Ashwin top-scored for India with 29.
Anderson & Woakes punish India
It was undoubtedly a good toss to win for England captain Joe Root, and Kohli admitted that, had he won it, he would have bowled first.
Anderson was superb, moving the ball away from the right-handers, and at one point was bowling to five slips and a gully.
The dismissal of the openers set the tone for the day: Murali Vijay attempted to clip an Anderson outswinger through mid-wicket and was bowled, before KL Rahul pushed forward and edged to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
Here’s the HIGHLIGHTS:
Anderson & Woakes lord it over India – the stats
- James Anderson’s 5-20 was his 26th five-wicket haul, one short of Sir Ian Botham’s England record
- Anderson has taken six five-wicket hauls at Lord’s, where he now has 99 Test wickets
- Chris Woakes has taken 16 Test wickets in three Tests at Lord’s at an average of 9.93
- India have changed their team in each of the past 44 Tests; the last time they played the same side for two Tests in a row was in England in 2014
- Ollie Pope is the first player called Oliver to play Test cricket
England seize control of series?
The thrilling contest at Edgbaston, which England won by 31 runs, suggested this would be an evenly matched five-Test series.
However, India’s performance with the bat at Lord’s was reminiscent of their poor showing four years ago.
In typically overcast English conditions, the India batsmen’s footwork and shot selection left much to be desired.
Four batsmen perished to catches behind the wicket, while the final three batsmen to fall were lbw playing across their pads.
For all the fragility of England’s batting, the hosts have a fine chance to seize control of this Test and put the series beyond India.