Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rain disrupts Lord's test again as India struggle

Rain disrupts Lord's test again as India struggle

Against South Africa in January, he became the first batsman to be run out twice in a test since 2000 and was the first Indian player to do so in test history.

On a rain-curtailed second day, it was a Cheteshwar Pujara run-out that cost the visitors dearly, as James Anderson's five-wicket haul helped the hosts bowl India out for 107.

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.

In the 6.3 overs possible it was Anderson, swinging the new ball with nearly absurd ease, who struck twice.

Anderson then had KL Rahul (eight) caught behind, with India now 10 for two.

Yet that was what happened off the last of the 12 balls bowled between lunch and tea.

They will, however, make at least two changes to their side. Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a century when India played England at Lord's last time around, fell for 18 runs.

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After a light shot to point from Pujara, Kohli began running to the risky striker's end, but soon changed his mind as he realised the risk of the situation.

A reticent Kohli originally ran and then, with his partner nearly at the other end, sent him back.

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by England debutant Ollie Pope, after a mix-up with Virat Kohli.

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. It was worth the wait, though, as Root's men took control of this stop-start Test.

Woakes had already impressed with the ball, dismissing India captain Virat Kohli in taking 2-19 on Friday, but was arguably even more impressive with the bat from number seven.

Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder who was man of the match at Edgbaston, then came to the party to bowl Dinesh Karthik with a lovely in-swinger. "For me I find it so much fun when it is like that", said Anderson.

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