Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain stops play, India reeling at 11/2

India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain stops play, India reeling at 11/2

At the break, Cheteshwar Pujara, who replaced Shikhar Dhawan in the playing XI, was at one and giving him company was skipper Virat Kohli (1).

Rain meant there was no play on the first day of the second Test between England and India at Lord's on Thursday.

"When we bowl like that we would bowl most teams out in the world, we were that good".

India, who lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs, face a huge task to save the match but could have weather on their side with rain predicted to hit London on Sunday.

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Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling. "For me I find it so much fun when it is like that", said Anderson.

Anderson immediately jolted India by trapping chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (0) plumb in front with a brilliant in-swinger, which the television replays also ruled in favour of the hosts.

Nothing doing: Rain clouds hang above the pitch at Lord's.

The first was the result of an absolutely stunning away swinger that bowled Murali Vijay off the fifth ball of the day.

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Pujara, who has shown in the past he can cope with typical English conditions, set off for a single off Anderson.

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.

Dropped slip catches proved a problem for England at Edgbaston, with Kohli missed twice en route to 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

Sam Curran and Stuart Broad chipped in with a wicket each, while Anderson dismissed Ajinkya Rahane (18) and scoreless duo Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma to end with figures of 5-20.

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This was an England sixth-wicket record in Test matches against India, surpassing the 171 shared by Ian Botham and Bob Taylor at Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1980.

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