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

India vs England 2nd Test Day 2:James Anderson picked up his 26th Test five-wicket haul

Virat Kohli did not take the field on Day 4 of the second Test between India and England at Lord's and as reportedly, Kohli is suffering from back strain.

When bad light forced an early close on the third day, England were 357 for six in reply to India´s meagre first-innings 107 - a commanding lead of 250 runs. Yesterday belonged to Chris Woakes, who scored a maiden Test match century to put England in command of this match. "That feeling of raising your bat to a standing ovation at Lord's is a bit of a boyhood dream".

Bairstow received sound support from the correct Woakes, selected after fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes was omitted because of clash with his ongoing trial for affray. Speaking of, forecast of rain could be India's saving grace. That followed a first-day washout in London on Thursday.

That brought 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope to the crease and he acquitted himself well, getting off the mark with a boundary whipped behind square and swiftly reaching 28 before Hardik Pandya skidded one though to trap him in front.

Bairstow and Jos Buttler went on the offensive immediately after the interval, quickly taking England past India's first innings total, but, while Bairstow remained to inflict further damage on India, Buttler departed for 24, becoming Shami's (3-74) third lbw victim after being beaten for pace as he advanced and moved across his stumps to try and work the ball to leg.

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Thereafter Bairstow and Woakes dominated a dejected India attack with England scoring at nearly four-and-a-half an over in a positive batting display.

Both off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and recalled left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless, with India having cause to regret dropping paceman Umesh Yadav. We just tried to fight and score as many runs as we could. In an interview with European Central Bank, the 29-year-old gave insight into what was going on in his head while he was at the crease. And yes, I finally got up to three figures.

The shot that brought up his century - a pull over mid-wicket for three - was a rare mistimed stroke.

Bairstow fell agonizingly short of his second test century at Lord's, edging Pandya through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik for the only wicket of the final session. But England " s batting has often proved fallible recently.

England won a tense series opener by 31 runs at Edgbaston.

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