An extraordinary day’s cricket at Lord’s saw England bowl India out for 107 on the second day of the Specsavers Test Match.
Only 35.2 overs were possible in all, with the match relatively new after the opening day was completely washed out, but an incredible bowling performance, spearheaded by James Anderson, put India on the rack.
Under leaden skies at the Home of Cricket, Joe Root won the toss and invited India to bat. Anderson struck with the score on nought, bowling Murali Vijay in the first over, and when KL Rahul departed shortly afterwards, India had only ten runs on the board.
Rain then interrupted proceedings. When play restarted, India lost their third wicket as a mix-up between Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara saw the latter lose his wicket for a single.
The next rain delay was a lengthy one, during which large patches of the Lord’s outfield were underwater. A successful clear-up operation by the ground staff enabled play to resume at 5.10pm, and it was at that point that the England fireworks really began.
Jos Buttler spurned one chance to dismiss Kohli (24), before holding on to the very next ball to give Chris Woakes the prize wicket of India’s captain. He repeated this extraordinary trick in the next Woakes over, missing a chance and immediately making amends to dismiss Hardik Pandya.
Sam Curran bowled Dinesh Karthik for one with a fine swinging delivery, Ravi Ashwin made 29 before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad, and then Anderson polished off the tail, finishing with superb figures of 5 for 20.
Play is due to resume at 11.00am Saturday morning with England set to take to the crease.