In the second test match between England vs India at Lord’s cricket stadium in London, English batsmen Jonny Bairstow (93) and Chris Woakes (120*) destructed Indian bowling on the Day 3. England scored 357 runs and marked a lead by 250 runs over visitors. Team India tried hard to get the breakthrough but struggled to stop Bairstow and Woakes. Earlier today, team India started on a good note by dismissing four English batsmen for 131 runs before the lunch. India got their 5th man as Jos Butler after lunch on the score of 131 but after that wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow hold his feet and played a steady, important and much-needed knock at that time for his side.
While Indian pace battery Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav sent Alastair Cook (21) and Keaton Jennings (11) back to the pavilion. While all-rounder Hardik Pandeya dismissed Ollie Pope (28) and Mohammad Shami picked English skipper Joe Root’s (19) wicket with just 89 runs of the scoreboard till the lunch on the Day 3.
Till the lunch game went as per plan, where Indian side was looking better as compared to Day 2’s performance. Just like the English bowlers, Indian pacers were using the conditions well and trying to trouble England.
On the Day 2, English bowlers used the conditions perfectly and restricted India for just 107 runs in the first innings. Performing outstandingly well pacer James Anderson picked a fifer for 20 runs with an economy rate of 1.50. Performing equally well, pacer Chris Woakes dismissed 2 batsmen, while Stuart Broad and Sam Curran clinched 1 wickets each.
Earlier, on the Day 2, English skipper Joe Root opted to bowl after winning the toss and invited India to bat first. For the Lord’s test, skipper Virat Kohli made 2 big changes as test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been recalled to the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav.
Playing XI for England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Playing XI for India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma