India vs England, 2nd Test Day 3 at Lord’s as it happened: England in box seat
A first Test hundred by Chris Woakes and a superb 93 by Jonny Bairstow has put England firmly in the box seat in the second Test at Lord’s. India will have to play out of their skin to retrieve the situation.
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It was another dismal day for India as England piled on the pressure on a beleaguered visiting side, scoring at a rate of over four runs an over. India started the day well enough to leave England at 131 for 5 but a stupendous sixth wicket partnership of 189 between returning all-rounder Chris Woakes and wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow left India staring down the barrel. Mohammed Shami was the best bowler for India, picking up three wickets while Hardik Pandya scalped two. Both the Indian spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin failed to do anything noteworthy on Day 3 of the Test.
India vs England as it happened on Day 3 at Lord’s -
Stumps on Day 3
That’s it for day 3, Stumps have been called and England end on 357/6 and in drivers seat. Only a miracle or London rain can save India now. Thanks for joining us, do join us for our coverage of Day 4.
Bad light stops play
Umpires have taken players off the pitch with bad light. Not sure if their will be any more play today.
it’s getting slightly dark in london, umpire Marais Erasmus has got the light meter out. Don’t think India will mind going off the field as they are taking a pounding.
England have brought up their 350 and they are marching away with the match. Chris Woakes looks brilliant.
England pick up tempo again
Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have not been bogged by the departure of Bairstow and the two have continued to score freely.
Finally a breakthrough for India, Jonny Bairstow departs for 93. Hardik Pandya with the wicket. England 320/6
A review is wasted by India and that means there are no reviews left for India. England had earlier used up theirs.
England lead now 300
England are now in an ominous position. The hosts have stretched their lead to 300 and still have five wickets in hand.
Woakes gets ton
Brilliant from Chris Woakes, he has brought up his ton and India are now facing down a barrel. England are 304/5
Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow have brought up 150 run partnership as both close in on well deserved 100s. India looking desolate.
England scoring quickly
England, through Chris Woakes have upped the scoring rate. This causes a dilemma for Indian bowlers, wether to slow the scoring down or go for wickets. Woakes on 84.
England take lead past 150
England’s lead has now gone past 150. Woakes and Bairstow are showing no sign of slowing down and India need something dramatic here.
Indian bowlers ineffective
Indian bowlers have been rendered totally ineffective by Woakes and Bairstow and in the last few overs they have upped the scoring rate as well.
Woakes and Bairstow imperious
Bairstow and Woakes are continuing to dominate. The chances of India winning or even drawing this game are getting slimmer by the minute.
100-run partnership comes up between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes. England lead by 124 runs
Back for final session
Ravichandran Ashwin began the proceedings in the final session and it was conservative batting by Chris Woakes. No risk taken and England are 231 for the loss of five wickets.
Tea on Day 3
It’s tea on Day 3. England are 230/5, lead by 123 runs. It was a session completely dominated by England and thanks to half centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes, they are in a commanding position at Lord’s.
Fifty for Woakes
The partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes is currently 89(132). This can be the deciding factor in this game as England have a comfortable lead and India are looking no where close to taking a wicket. England 224/5
Woakes closing in on half century
Chris Woakes who replaced Ben Stokes in this match is also closing in on a half century. Great return for him after injury.
200 up for England
England have brought up their 200 and the lead in now nearly 100. This is getting into dangerous territory for India.
50 for Jonny
Jonny Bairstow brings up his 50! This has been an outstanding knock. He is single handedly taking the game away from India. Quick wickets needed.
Kuldeep Yadav is back into the attack, can he give India the precious breakthrough. Over 50 runs have been added by Woakes and Bairstow.
43 overs gone, England are 174 for the loss of five wickets and they lead by 67 runs. Earlier, the hosts won a tight opening Test by 31 runs at Edgbaston a week ago to lead the series.
Ashwin is here
38 overs later, Virat Kohli finally introduces Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack. But, England are already leading by more than 50 runs and quick wickets are vital for India in this game. England 159 for the loss of five wickets.
68 runs in the 13.3 overs with the wicket of Buttler. This session has been England’s comeback story till now. They have taken a good lead and it is no looking good for the visitors. England are 157/5, lead by 50 runs.
Jonny Bairstow’s 30 is now the highest score of the match. This is a significant partnership for England as both Bairstow and Woakes have looked quite comfortable against the pacers and they have steadied the innings. England lead by 44 runs.
Saturday’s play started under sunny blue skies and it has made life easier for the batsmen. This is a huge relief for the cricket fans who did not see much action till the second session of Day 2 at Lord’s. England 142 for the loss of five wickets.
Virat Kohli would have hoped Kuldeep Yadav would get extra bounce with the newer ball. But the youngster started nervously by bowling outside leg stump, and also conceded four byes, in the first over. He was taken off after a spell of 4-1-15-0 and Shami brought on. Ashwin, who struck the first blow in Edgbaston after coming on in the seventh over, hasn’t bowled yet.
Shami takes third wicket
India have the breakthrough and it is once again thanks to Mohammed Shami. Jos Buttler was completely across the line and was hit right in front of the middle stump. No doubt in the umpire’s mind and England have lost their fifth wicket. ENG 131/5
Thirty overs gone and no Ashwin yet?— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) August 11, 2018
Bairstow dealing in boundaries
Back to back boundaries for Jonny Bairstow and England are building a comfortable lead right now. India have looked quite harmless after lunch and a wicket is needed in this situation. England 124 for the loss of four wickets.
The hosts have taken the lead thanks to an exquisite shot from Jonny Bairstow and this session is going to be crucial for the Indian bowlers. They need to dismiss the hosts quickly or it can be game over very soon. England 109/4
100 up for England
100 up for England and they are now just seven runs behind India. India can’t afford to give England a big lead.
Back after Lunch
The action is once again underway after lunch. Can India strike a few quick blows?
Lunch on Day 3
It was a mixed bag for India as their bowlers struggled initially but were able to finish the first session with four wickets. Mohammed Shami was the perfect example of India’s form in this game as he was wayward on occasions but was still able to get two wickets. England 89 for the loss of four wickets.
Shami strikes again
It’s a second wicket for Mohammed Shami as Joe Root was completely fooled by the low bounce and was trapped LBW for 19. It was a good wicket for India just before lunch and with four wickets under their belt, Virat Kohli & Co will not be unhappy with this session. England 89/4
Almost 25 overs gone and Virat Kohli has still not used Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner was the main destroyer for India at Edgbaston and it is quite surprising that he has not bowled a single delivery till now. England 89/3
Hardik Pandya strikes
Hardik Pandya has provided India with the crucial wicket! Ollie Pope is trapped LBW for 28 as England lose their third wicket and the hosts are 77/3
Ashwin key for India?
Ollie Pope, certainly not looking like playing his first test match, has temperament, technique, and timing.He has shown good technique against all the bowlers but his main test will be against Ravichandran Ashwin.
Pope shows the way
It has been a solid performance from the debutant Ollie Pope till as he has stitched together a decent partnership with skipper Joe Root. England 57 for the loss of two wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav was introduced into the attack and it has been extremely wayward bowling by the youngster. The ball is turning a lot and Dinesh Karthik has no clue behind the stumps. England 49 for the loss of two wickets.
Not a good stat for India
The game has completely changed with India looking quite dangerous against the two new batsmen. Joe Root and Ollie Pope have a a tough job ahead of them and this partnership can be key. England 38/2
Cook out, India fight back
This is an amazing response by India as Ishant Sharma removes Alastair Cook. Cook was caught fishing outside the off-stump and the ball kissed the edge of his bat with Dinesh Karthik completing the catch. England 32/2
Jennings out, Shami strikes
Mohammed Shami provides India with the early breakthrough as Keaton Jennings is trapped LBW for 11. This can be a big break for the visitors are England are 28 for the loss of one wicket.
Not looking good for England
Things aren’t looking that well...please file a ‘missing’ report for the seam and swing that was in abundance yesterday 🙈 #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 11, 2018
Easy going for England
There is nothing special in the pitch for Indian bowlers and Alastair Cook is looking in fine form. 5 overs gone and this is just too easy for England. Can Ravichandran Ashwin be the trump card for India?
There are four fielders in the slip cauldron but Ishant Sharma surprisingly is bowling on the leg side. This is weird strategy but the Indian pacer and the England openers are off to a steady start. ENG 14/0
Good conditions for batsmen
It’s a sunny day at Lord’s and the pitch seems comfortable for the England batsmen. The moisture is almost non-existent at this point and it can be a tough day for the Indian bowlers. ENG 4/0
Ishant to start
Ishant Sharma will be bowling the first over for India on Day 3. With Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings opening the batting for England, they will be looking to start well.
Few marks are present but there is not any devil in this pitch. There is enough dryness for Indian spinners to get some turn but it won’t be prodigious, according to Sanjay Manjrekar.
No weather woes
No threat of rain, at least for now. But, you never know with London weather; the stormy winds could make a comeback without warning at any given point of time.
England look to capitalise
With an improved weather forecast for Saturday, England will have better conditions to attempt to build a big lead.
Batting at No. 4 will be 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is making his debut after replacing Dawid Malan.
Bright and sunny at Lord’s
Virat Kohli’s record
Virat Kohli, who scored 23 in the second Test before edging one behind off Chris Woakes, has scored 1404 runs thus far in the calender year, beating out England’s Jonny Bairstow, who’s scored 1389.
“I think that if we bowled like that today, with those conditions, we’d bowl most teams in the world out because I think we were that good. We hardly bowled any bad balls, didn’t give them much to hit and when you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are around the world, it is difficult,” - James Anderson’s confident statement after Day 2.
Hopefully no rain
No play was possible on the opening day and further rain ensured only 35.2 overs were bowled on Friday, but that was all England’s collection of seamers needed to rip through the tourists. Hopefully, there will be full play on Day 3.
Rahane defends batsmen
“I don’t think you can get any more challenging conditions than this (in Test cricket) especially with Duke ball in these weather conditions. But as a batsman you have to back your ability. It is all about intent out there, of not only scoring runs but also leaving the ball and defending well. As a batsman it is always a challenge to come here and play against this kind of attack,” Ajinkya Rahane said after Day 2 play.
James Anderson starred with the ball taking five wickets to help England bowl India out for a paltry 107. It was the sixth time that Anderson has produced a five wicket haul at Lord’s and he now has 99 test wickets at the famous London venue.
India on back foot
It was a horrible outing for India on Day 2 of the rain-marred Test match as they were bowled out for just 107. The Indian batsmen were helpless against the swinging deliveries of the England pacers and just two - Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli - were able to post score above 20.
Welcome to Day 3
Hello and welcome to the Day 3 action from the second Test match between India and England at Lord’s!