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

12 August 2018

Not a great day for Indian bowlers.

Virat Kohli and co will look for early wickets on Saturday as the second England-India Test match enters its third day. The batsmen could not deal with the swing bowling on offer and slumped to a first innings total of 107 all out.

Having scored 141 runs in the afternoon session to take the lead past 100, England continued to dominant after tea, with Bairstow reaching his half-century and Woakes following suit shortly after. The sight of big-hitting Jos Buttler at the crease would not have settled their nerves, but such has been the difficulty to score on the Lord's pitch that Virat Kohli and Co. would have doubtless backed themselves to make early inroads. He was selected in the India U-19 squad for the Youth Test-series against Sri Lanka and he ended up claiming a wicket in his first over of that match.

Virat Kohli is now in the middle of a run-churning spree owing to his awe-inspiring form in worldwide cricket.

Chris Woakes gave Bairstow fine support as England stretched their lead.

Thereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (10) falling to Woakes before left-armer Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik's (1) stumps for a ride.

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Shami changed the angle after not finding success initially and the move paid off immediately with Keaton Jennings (11) getting trapped plumb in front off a full delivery.

With the sun shining it looked like flawless batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match.

Seven balls later Alastair Cook joined Jennings back in the hut. The 20-year-old played only 15 First-Class matches before this clash leaving many to wonder whether the young gun had what it takes to take on the world's best side.

He was written off as too slow for Test cricket, so he went away and added a few yards of pace.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman. Root LBW to Shami for a less than fluent 28.

After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat.

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