Anderson takes five as India 107 all out at stumps

James Anderson celebrates one of his two early wickets on day two

James Anderson celebrates one of his two early wickets on day two

Chris Woakes continued a superb return to England duty with a maiden Test century against India at Lord's on Saturday.

When play resumed after a rain delay, seamer Chris Woakes, brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is at a court hearing in Bristol, got the prize wicket of the India skipper for 23 leaving the tourists, who trail 1-0 in the series, at 49 for four.

On Friday, during the rain-affected day two of the second Test, Arjun, who is now in London for a training session with MCC Young Cricketers, helped out the grand staff at Lord's.

This was a day in three parts - all interspersed by showers - with the first dominated by Anderson, the second by a horrendous run-out of Cheteshwar Pujara and the third by Woakes and Anderson again.

This second day may have begun in bright sunshine.

"You do not get conditions like that much in England anymore with the ball doing that much in the air or off the pitch".

This is the 44th Test in succession in which they have changed it, a sequence that stretches back to their last tour of England, in 2014.

It was tough day in teh field for Virat Kohli and Co.

A reticent Kohli originally ran and then, with his partner nearly at the other end, sent him back.

Pujara and Kohli were involved in a run out which led to Pujara's wicket and turned the match in England's favour.

By contrast, England's innings commenced under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen.

Chris Woakes gave Bairstow fine support as England stretched their lead. It was worth the wait, though, as Root's men took control of this stop-start Test.

Woakes had already impressed with the ball, dismissing India captain Virat Kohli in taking 2-19 on Friday, but was arguably even more impressive with the bat from number seven.

Bairstow looked set to follow Woakes to his hundred before he edged a flat-footed drive at Hardik Pandya behind.

Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder who was man of the match at Edgbaston, then came to the party to bowl Dinesh Karthik with a lovely in-swinger.

Anderson struck twice in quick succession to remove Ajinkya Rahane and Kuldeep Yadav before Broad trapped Ravi Ashwin lbw.

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