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Ind Vs Eng 2nd Test: Woakes And Bairstow Shine With Bat As Hosts Take 250-Run Lead Over India

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| August 12 , 2018 , 12:42 IST

India are in danger of going 0-2 down in the five-Test series against England, as the host dominated Day 3 of the Lords Test, with all-rounder Chris Woakes going on to score a ton and is still present on the crease with his 120 runs. Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow also contributed with a well-made 93.

The duo cameo counted the English score to 357 for the loss of six wickets and took a huge 250-run lead over India at the Lord's cricket ground in London on Saturday.

All-rounder Woakes registered his maiden international century, while Bairstow scored his 19th Test fifty as both the batsmen went on to share a massive 189-run stand for the sixth wicket.

However, India had done well to stay in competitive mode in the rain-affected match after resisting the English side to 131/5. But Woakes and Bairstow joined hands to deal every challenge handsomely.

Indian Skipper Virat Kohli was also criticised for letting the game drift with this partnership by not asking his bowlers to operate with aggressive intent.

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Woakes looked impressive after making a comeback into Test cricket and he got a chance to play only because Ben Stokes went out of duty due to court hearings.

Runs flowed against the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav. Even though the sun was smiling at the Lord's, Indian pacers had floored the English batsmen. Alastair Cook (21), Keaton Jennings (11), debutant Ollie Pope (28) and skipper Joe Root (19) all of them had perished before lunch, with England 18 runs behind India's first innings total.

At the start of the day 3, Cook and Jennings made a positive start, showing a lot of intent. But a full-pitched delivery missed Jennings' bat and hit his pads, resulting in an LBW decision, with the hosts at 28.

Cook fell soon, as an away-moving delivery from Ishant found an edge and the ball landed in the hands of wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik.

As soon as 20-year-old Pope joined Root in the middle, India captain Virat Kohli decided to bring in chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav to operate from one end. Pope showed a lot of promise, dealing confidently with Ishant, Shami and Kuldeep.

The partnership between Pope and Root had reached 45 runs when a delivery from Pandya dismissed the former. Pope missed the line and was plumb in front of the wicket, with England at 77/3.

The hosts ran further into trouble when Shami was favoured in an LBW appeal against Root to close the first session of play.

Resuming the post-lunch session at a score of 89/4, England came back strongly with Bairstow established a vital 42-run fifth wicket partnership with Jos Buttler, who got a quickfire 22-ball 24, smashed four boundaries to the fence. Buttler, however soon perished to Mohammed Shami, giving the pacer his third wicket of the day.