Second Test, day 3 at Lord's

Yesterday belonged to Chris Woakes, who scored a maiden Test match century to put England in command of this match.

India, who trailed by 289 runs from the first innings, were 17 for two when rain stopped play half an hour before the scheduled lunch interval.

"It´s an incredible feeling to raise your bat at Lord´s and be on that honours board", he added.

England had looked like wasting an inspired bowling performance that dismissed India so cheaply on a rain-interrupted second day.

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.

If India are to spring in a surprise after a dismal show with the bat in the 1st innings, Ashwin not only needs to lend his support to the pacers but also take regular wickets from the other end to mount the pressure on England.

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The 20-year-old Ollie Pope impressed on debut but fell for 28 before captain Joe Root, strangely subdued, was lbw to Shami for 19 with the last ball before lunch.

When Jos Buttler went for 24 - Shami's third leg-before wicket - England looked capable of crumbling again. For the Lord's test, skipper Virat Kohli made 2 big changes as test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been recalled to the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav.

"As a bowling unit we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging", Pandya said. I don't know whether it's the surface or the conditions or I've just hit form at the right time.

Saturday´s play resumed with England yet to begin their reply after James Anderson, in overcast conditions ideal for swing bowling, had taken five for 20 on Friday following Thursday´s total washout.

Anderson bowled one at a back of a length outside off and the ball jagged back in to take the inside edge before landing in Bairstow's gloves.

It was then left to Anderson to have the final say as he capped a stunning day with the final wicket of Ishant Sharma to leave India in complete disarray.

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