England vs India 2nd Test, Day 3: Hosts lose openers Jennings, Cook


Virat Kohli's batting in the first Test at Edgbaston that revealed his skill and temperament to deal with the England seamers, especially Jimmy Anderson, has evoked praise from India's legendary opening batsman, Sunil Gavaskar.

But the 36-year-old swing bowler was ably assisted by Chris Woakes, whose spell of 2-19 in an extended final session included the key scalp of India skipper Kohli.

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.

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Woakes, back after thigh and knee injuries that have so far blighted his summer, started the carnage after he had Kohli caught on 23 by Jos Buttler at second slip just one ball after the same man had dropped him.

Meanwhile Chris Woakes marked his return to worldwide cricket with two wickets for 19 runs in six overs, removing both India captain Virat Kohli (24) and Hardik Pandya (11) via slip catches by Jos Buttler.

The exit of England " s all-time leading Test run-scorer meant 20-year-old debutant batsman Ollie Pope walked out with the hosts in trouble at 32 for two off 8.2 overs.

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" Richarlison is a really interesting one - he blew our socks off in those early stages for Watford and then he ran out of gas a little bit".

Jonny Bairstow hit eight boundaries and scored freely to keep the pressure on the India bowlers and Chris Woakes also struck eight fours following his two wickets on Friday.

"With the experience we've had of bowling on flat decks and the ball doing nothing, when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try to show off your skills".

After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies.

"If we bowl like that today, with those conditions, we'd bowl most teams in the world out", he said. We hardly bowled any bad balls, we didn't give them much to hit, and when you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are, it is hard.

Woakes, who reached his century off just 129 balls, is playing in place of Ben Stokes, who was forced to miss the second test as he stands trial in a court in Bristol charged with affray.

Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan.