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16-Aug-2021 02:39:00 GMT
Eng vs Ind - 2nd Test, The Lord's, day 4

England on top after late strikes leave India teetering

India 364 (Rahul 129, Rohit 83, Anderson 5-62) and 181 for 6 (Rahane 61, Wood 3-40) lead England 391 (Root 180*, Bairstow 57, Siraj 4-94, Ishant 3-69) by 154 runs

London: England ended day four of the second Test at Lord's on a high as Moeen Ali worked his magic with the ball leaving India faltering at 181/6.

The match took a decisive turn in the morning session with the fall of three important wickets. England captain Joe Root introduced Mark Wood early into the attack. Wood snared the wicket of the in-form KL Rahul who edged the ball delivered at the speed of 150.42 kph to Jos Buttler for 5 runs.

The hosts then laid a trap to set up Rohit Sharma to play his favourite pull-shot. Even though Rohit got a six off the first short ball, the same delivery led to his fall for 21 runs after a top-edge was caught by Moeen Ali at deep square leg.

With two new batters - Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli - at the crease, India now had the task to push for a massive lead.

However, the partnership between the two could only add 28 runs before Sam Curran dismissed Kohli for 20 who edged another one to the keeper.  

In the session after lunch, India regained control of the proceedings with Ajinkya Rahane joining Pujara in the middle. The two ensured that the visitors headed into tea without losing any wicket in the session despite the flow of runs having dried down.

The pair continued to show their persistence in the final session, with Rahane bringing up a gritty half-century. Pujara was looking good to reach the landmark as well, but Wood struck again with a well-executed delivery to dismiss him for 45.

Rahane followed suit soon, with Moeen Ali finally reaping the rewards of his tight spell, with the Indian vice-captain walking back to the pavilion after a knock of 58, leaving England in the ascendancy as the close of play approached.

Ravindra Jadeja could not make much of a contribution with the bat, with Ali dismissing him with a peach of a delivery. With the lights fading, the umpires called stumps with India leading by 154 runs, with an enthralling final day in store ahead.

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