Bairstow and Woakes put England on top against India in second Test

Kohli left and Pujara leave the pitch only for the umpires to call them back

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.

Jimmy Anderson has become the first player to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's as England moved closer to victory by reducing India to 2-17 at lunch on day four of the second Test.

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. "That feeling of raising your bat to a standing ovation at Lord's is a bit of a boyhood dream".

Bairstow received sound support from the correct Woakes, selected after fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes was omitted because of clash with his ongoing trial for affray.

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With the win, England took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Grinners: Stuart Broad has helped bowl England to victory over India in the second Test at Lord's. That followed a first-day washout in London on Thursday. "England deserved to win; we deserved to lose", he added. But, appropriately, Chris Woakes ended the match when he had Ishant Sharma caught at leg-slip by debutant Ollie Pope. In the first innings here he reached 18 before impatience got the better of him, reaching for a delivery from Anderson, in the second he made 13 before again chasing a wide one.

India's decision to replace pacer Umesh Yadav with slow left-arm bowler Kuldeep Yadav came into question as the tourists struggled to maintain control on a wicket that appeared better suited to seamers than spinners.

Yes, India have traditionally struggled against the moving ball in England and had the very worst of conditions here from the moment Root won an important toss but this was a brutal defeat for a proud captain in Virat Kohli. "And Woakes and Bairstow took the game away".

England's James Anderson becomes first to claim 100 Test wickets at Lord's
Meanwhile, winning team captain Joe Root praised his bowlers after the match and said, "Less stressful, definitely". Still areas where we can improve, that's the exciting part. "It's a great team performance", he added.

Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, started Sunday on 99 Test wickets in 23 Tests at Lord's following his first-innings haul of five for 20 in India's meagre 107 all out.

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

Surely India must now regret their totally arrogant and unprofessional approach to preparations for this series that saw them cut short their only warm-up game in Essex by a day and just go through the motions for three days.

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