Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

2nd Test: Ton-up Woakes more than just Stokes stand

Sam Curran Paul Farbrace and Ollie Pope of England look on from the balcony before the 2nd Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Lord's Kohli under fire for 'selfish' act in crucial run out
Cassandra Castillo | 12 August, 2018, 06:58

Anderson finished with five for 20, but he hailed the contribution of Chris Woakes, who took two wickets including the key...

Watch day four of the second Test between England and India from 10am, Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.

Kohli, who was looking all at sea against Woakes, finally fell to the right-armer in his third over, with Jos Buttler making no mistake this time at second slip.

After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat on Friday.

But Woakes, who had scored nine previous first-class hundreds, and Jonny Bairstow (93) turned the tide during a stand of 189. That followed a first-day washout in London.

Unfortunately for the tourists Buttler got 24 off 35 balls - quick scoring on this wicket - before he was LBW off Shami (three for 67). He was fortunate to enter the fray with the ball no longer swinging as it had throughout the match and India's bowling attack - undoubtedly rueing the decision to pick two spinners - either tiring or ineffective. His innings meant Woakes had his name on the three Lord's honours boards that record centuries, five-wicket innings returns and 10-wicket match hauls in Tests at the "home of cricket".

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India now trail 1-0 in the five-match Test series after a 31-run loss at Edgbaston.

On Friday, during the rain-affected day two of the second Test, Arjun, who is now in London for a training session with MCC Young Cricketers, helped out the grand staff at Lord's.

Even Kohli failed to make an impact, scoring just 23 runs.

But, on 28, Pope missed a straight delivery from Hardik Pandya and had to depart. But Kuldeep rarely troubled Bairstow, who cover-drove him for four to complete a 76-ball fifty featuring seven boundaries.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman.

Surrey's Sam Curran, so impressive in the first game in Birmingham, joined Woakes at the crease when bad light caused an early finish to the day's play.

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