Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
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England's James Anderson becomes first to claim 100 Test wickets at Lord's

England's James Anderson becomes first to claim 100 Test wickets at Lord's

Allrounder Chris Woakes displayed his batting ability with a first test century as he guided England to a commanding lead over India on Day 3 of the second test at Lord's.

India, who are facing a huge deficit of 272 runs, were 17 for two in their second innings when rain forced an early lunch.

And in his 25th match at this level, Woakes surpassed his previous Test best of 66, made against Sri Lanka at Lord´s two years ago, before completing a 129-ball hundred, including 15 fours, with a pulled three off Hardik Pandya.

England lead the five-match series 1-0.

Catch live score and updates from India vs England 2nd Test Day 4. On the Day 2, English bowlers used the conditions perfectly and restricted India for just 107 runs in the first innings.

Their unbroken sixth-wicket stand was so far worth 99 runs and all the more valuable for the fact that England had slumped to 89 for four on the stroke of lunch.

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.

"I was probably getting a little bit nervous", Woakes said.

But after 30 minutes of morning batting in which Chris Woakes (137 not out) and Sam Curran collected 39 runs for a declaration on 396 for seven, there was time for Anderson to become the first bowler in history to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's.

Bairstow fell agonizingly short of his second test century at Lord's, edging Pandya through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik for the only wicket of the final session.

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who made the breakthrough when Keaton Jennings (11) was lbw playing across the line. He gets to 30 and is now the top-scorer in both the innings for India. yes, he has been India's best batsman in this Test and fair to assume that he will remain by the end of the Test.

When Jos Buttler went for 24 - Shami's third leg-before wicket - England looked capable of crumbling again.

Both off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and recalled left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless, with India having cause to regret dropping paceman Umesh Yadav.

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