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14-Aug-2021 02:44:00 GMT
Eng vs Ind - 2nd Test, The Lord's, day 2

Root leads England fightback after Anderson five-for

England 118 for 3 (Burns 49, Root 48*, Siraj 2-34) trail India 364 (Rahul 129, Rohit 83, Anderson 5-62) by 246 runs

London: England went to stumps at 119/3 with Joe Root on 48* after they bowled out India on 364 with James Anderson claiming a five-wicket haul on Day 2 of the Lord's Test.

India resumed day two on 276/3, with KL Rahul on 127* and Ajinkya Rahane keeping him company on 1*. After a tough opening day, England found their way back into the action with two early wickets.

Ollie Robinson snared the prized scalp of Rahul, who only added two more runs to his overnight score, on the second ball of the day. The opening day's centurion tried to drive an outside-off pitched delivery but failed to keep it low with Dom Sibley grabbing the ball at covers.

In the next over, James Anderson struck on the first ball, inducing an edge off Rahane. India were reduced to 282/5 with two new batsmen – Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja – in the middle.

Pant played a typical Pant-like innings, his stay lasted for 58 balls in which he scored 37 runs including five fours. He became Mark Wood's victim, who bowled a short of a length delivery wide of the off-stump. Pant tried to play a cut short but edged it behind the stumps to Jos Buttler.

The same over saw another wicket as Mohammad Shami hit the ball straight into the hands of short mid-wicket fielder for a nought. The morning session tuned out to be a successful one for England as they reduced the visitors to 346/7 at Lunch.

After the break, all eyes were on Ravindra Jadeja, who was looking in good touch with India hoping to cross the 400-mark. Ishant Sharma, batting at No.9, stayed around for a while as Jadeja kept the scoreboard ticking from one end.

But once again India's tail was exposed as they slipped from 362/7 to 364 all out in under four overs. Wood wrapped up the India innings with Jadeja's wicket, who fell for a 120-ball 40.  

Anderson put up a stellar show with the ball, claiming his 31st five-wicket haul in Test cricket, and returning an impressive 5/62.

England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley batted with caution, as they took their side to Tea at 23/0. However, the last session began brilliantly for India with Siraj removing Sibley and Haseeb Hammed on back-to-back deliveries in the first over after the break.

Buoyed by the success, Kohli continued to bowl Siraj in the hopes of getting more wickets. The visitors also used up two of their reviews in Siraj's overs against Joe Root. However, both times the ball was drifting down leg.

Root and Burns then paired up to frustrate the Indian bowlers and put up a half-century stand for the third wicket. Burns played some excellent shots, even hitting three fours off one Siraj over. He was looking good for a big score but the 85-run partnership was finally broken by Shami when he trapped Burns on 49.

Root, meanwhile, continued in his usual vein. He went past Graham Gooch to become England's second-highest run-scorer in Tests and also crossed 2000 Test runs against India.

The day ended with the match hanging in balance and Root unbeaten on 48 batting with Jonny Bairstow (6*), the hosts still trailing by 245 runs.

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