Jimmy Anderson fireworks help England thrash India in Second Test

With a five-wicket haul James Anderson became the pacer with most wickets against India

With a five-wicket haul James Anderson became the pacer with most wickets against India

James Anderson passed 100 Test wickets at Lord's and moved up to 551 overall as England reduced India to 17-2 in their second innings before the rain returned on day four of the second Test at Lord's. Seeing hope in the first session with four wickets and adding another lunch, India hoped for a smaller deficit to chase. He walked off unbeaten on 120*, his efforts (and those of Jonny Bairstow, who made 93) have given England a 250 run lead. Challenge for the Indian side will be to bowl England out and weather the England seam attack.

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

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.

The 20-year-old Ollie Pope impressed on debut but fell for 28 before captain Joe Root, strangely subdued, was lbw to Shami for 19 with the last ball before lunch. He gets to 30 and is now the top-scorer in both the innings for India. yes, he has been India's best batsman in this Test and fair to assume that he will remain by the end of the Test.

First, though, it was Jos Buttler who decided offence was his best option, hitting four boundaries as England surpassed India's first-innings total and took the lead.

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Enter Kohli, but he was to lose Pujara after 87 balls of admirable defiance when Broad bowled him off his pads with a flawless inswinger.

"I was probably getting a little bit nervous", Woakes said.

"I went from 60 to 80 pretty quickly and all of a sudden started thinking about it". He and Cheteshwar Pujara held firm until the rain arrived.

But England, so often susceptible to collapses, kicked on as Bairstow and Woakes began to look comfortable on a pitch offering far less assistance to the bowlers than on day two.

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

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