England vs India 2nd Test, Day 3: Hosts lose openers Jennings, Cook

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

James Anderson said that there were few batting line-ups that could have lived with England's seam attack after they ripped through India on the second day at Lord's. He then takes a single bringing Kuldeep on strike. He also dismissed India's other opener, KL Rahul, again, lbw to another one slanted in. The forecast of further rain over the final two days appears to offer India's best chance of avoiding defeat.

Play resumed with England, 1-0 up in a five-match series after their 31-run win at Edgbston last week, yet to bat.

As in that innings, Sunday's overcast conditions were ideal for the 36-year-old Lancashire swing bowler.

Anderson needed just five deliveries to bowl Murali Vijay with a brilliant outswinger to kickstart India's descent to a first-innings 107 all out.

Rahul square-drove Stuart Broad for four but he fell for 10 when, playing across the line, he was lbw to Anderson.

Anderson was now just 12 shy of the 563 Test wickets taken by Glenn McGrath.

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But with the remainder of this innings and three more Tests against India to come, Anderson could overtake McGrath before the end of this series.

With Woakes, the first of England's three bowling all-rounders, at the crease alongside Bairstow, India could sense an opportunity to expose the tail.

Woakes faced 177 balls including 21 fours, ending the innings unbeaten on 137.

England had looked like wasting an inspired bowling performance that dismissed India so cheaply on a rain-interrupted second day.

That partnership helped England recover from a top-order collapse that saw them slump to 89 for four at lunch on the third day.

"The key ingredient of Test cricket is the surface that we play on, when you keep flat, dead surfaces, where the bowler thinks, "I have no chance, I'm going to stick to my channel", and the batter thinks, okay, on this surface if I don't do anything foolish, I (won't) be out, ' that game is becoming boring, it's becoming tiresome", Tendulkar, who had 15,921 runs to his name in Test cricket, explained.

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