Woakes and Bairstow grind India into the Lord's dirt as England dominate

India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's: India lose openers cheaply again before rain stops play on day 2

Woakes and Bairstow grind India into the Lord's dirt as England dominate

Jimmy Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in English conditions taking 5-20 as England bowled out India for a miserly 107 on the second day of the second Test at Lord's, but it was a "selfish" move from Virat Kohli that had Indian fans up in arms.

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.

No wonder getting the prestigious Test cap of England on the second morning of the Lord's from the former wicketkeeper Alec Stewart was a huge moment for Ollie Pope.

India, following Thursday's total washout, had batted under overcast skies and on a green-tinged pitch in an innings that lasted a mere 35.2 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin top scored for India 29. But England " s batting has often proved fallible recently.

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who struck first when, from around the wicket, he had Keaton Jennings, aiming across the line, lbw for 11.

Five balls later Jennings's fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (21) was out as well, caught behind off a superb Sharma delivery from around the wicket that squared him up and seamed away before finding the outside edge.

As expected England gave a test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has only 15 first-class matches under his belt but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

Even Kohli failed to make an impact, scoring just 23 runs. But Bairstow, as he's often done before, held firm while attacking the loose ball.

Earlier, India made a decision to play with two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara had a horrific return to Test cricket.

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.

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.

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