Chris Woakes (120*) and Jonny Bairstow (93) guided England team to settle in a solid position with the 250-run lead over India on the third day of the second Test at the Lord's Cricket Ground in London on Saturday.
England scored 357 runs with the loss of 6 wickets on the third day while Indian bowlers failed to stop the English batsmen at their own den. All-rounder Chris Woakes made his debut century against India as he scored unbeaten 120 runs in 159 balls with 18 hits to the fence.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow scored 93 runs in 144 balls with 12 beautiful boundaries before being out in Hardik Pandya's bowling. English batsmen started the innings on a poor note as both the openers out for a low score.
Alastair Cook scored 21 runs in 25 balls with 4 fours and trapped by Ishant Sharma in the 8th over. Another opener, Keaton Jennings was out for 11 runs and he was out in the Shami's bowling. Mohammed Shami once again gave a happy moment to Team India when he was trapped by inform batsman Joe Root for 19 runs.
Middle-order batsman Ollie Pope scored 28 runs in his first international match and he was out for 28 runs in Hardik Pandya's bowling. Jos Buttler scored 24 runs in 22 balls with 4 beautiful boundaries before being trapped by Mohammed Shami in-front of the wicket for LBW.
All-rounder Chris Woakes batted superbly as he suffered from injury for a short time and he got placed in the playing XI only because of Ben Stokes went to the court for his personal reasons. Jonny Bairstow also contributed useful runs to the board. Chris Woakes along with Jonny Bairstow added the 189-run stand for the sixth wicket partnership.
Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav failed to pick the English wickets as both the bowlers were faced easily by the British batsmen. Mohammed Shami bagged 3 wickets while Hardik Pandya picked 2 wickets and Ishant Sharma claimed a wicket.
Earlier in the day 2, Indian team were bundled out for 107 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin (29) and Virat Kohli (23) were the top-scorers in the team. James Anderson troubled most of the Indian batsmen with his spell as he claimed 5 wickets.
At the end of the innings, Chris Woakes (120*) and Sam Curran (22*) were at the crease when umpires call for the early close due to bad light.
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