Match Over - England won by innings and 159 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: England, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Lord's, London
  • Referee: JJ Crowe
  • When: 09 Aug 2018, 12:00 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: CR Woakes


  • Umpire1: M Erasmus
  • Umpire2: Aleem Dar
  • Third Umpire: CB Gaffaney



Overs: 88.1 / 0.0




Overs: 35.2 / 0.0


6:08pm And that is all from our live coverage. Sid Monga's report will be up soon, and we have Miller, Naga and Mel lurking at Lord's to give you plenty of analysis, alongside Polite Enquiries. Good night!

Chris Woakes: Delighted. I suppose to win the Test match inside four days when you lose a day and half to rain is special. Scoring a hundred and getting on the honour's board is something that'll stay with me a lot. It's sinking in more. I wish I'd soaked it in a little more. But like I said, I was a bit nervous out there yesterday. Jonny calmed me down, which is funny, it's usually the other way around. We just looked to tick it off in fives. Once we got through the tough part, we started scoring freely. [His return from injury] Really pleased with the bowling. Getting competitive cricket was important, even though it was white-ball cricket.

Yes it was a fight [getting the ball out of Jimmy's hands]. Once Broady gets his legs pumping, it's brilliant to watch. Well backed up by Sam as well.

Chris Woakes is the Man of the Match.

Joe Root: Less stressful [win] definitely. The bowling unit were exceptional throughout. We had the conditions in our favour, but we had to put it in the right places. Jonny and Woakesy were magnificent. Really pleased for Woakesy. A number of times he's showed how talented he is. He's been working hard. Coming back into the side, someone who's always been a big part of the side. Good to see.

Ultimately it was about doing the same things again and again. We're in a nice position. I thought he [Pope] played really well. To come in and put pressure on the opposition in a tough batting period was good. We've got another day to rest and recover and get our heads around what we've done this week. We still haven't played our best game. There's room to improve and that's the most exciting part for us.

Virat Kohli: Not proud of the way we've played. First time in the last five Tests that we've been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things. Can't really think about conditions when you're playing the game. You can't sit and crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green won't go your way. Even when the ball's doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas. Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs. [Extra seamer] Yeah looking back, I thought we got the combination wrong. [About his injury] I should be fine. Lower back issue, I'm confident I'll be fine in five days time with a bit of rehab.

Stuart Broad: "I think it's a powerful performance. Right up there. The emotions at Edgbaston took a lot out of us. Good to come to Lord's and put the same kind of energy. We were fortunate with how the clouds came to work for us. We talked bout it [patience]. We didn't give India too many freebies. We're really enjoying being out there. We [bowling unit] each bowl it a bit differently, that helps. Was gutted when it rained [during his fiery spell].

So disappointed with the hat-trick ball, it was so bad!

We talked a lot about the bowlers maybe having to rotate, but we've not had an innings where someones's got a lot of runs. A few calm days before the next one."

WATCH - It's all over for India! Ishant departs as England complete an innings victory (India only)

WATCH: Anderson takes his ninth wicket of the match as Shami goes for a duck (India only)

Andrew: "Ashwin should be moved to no. 4"

D: "Sanjay Bangar and Ravi Shastri need to answer a lot of questions. all those chops and changes has turned a world class batting lineup into smush. this is embarrassing. "

The_Truth: "Pope was seen carrying Barrastow's helmet. I liked that. I don't know whether he was forced to carry or just obliged as a youngster. Haha"

cartoft: "@John. Perhaps England will put Rashid up for the post-match press conference."

5:42pm A stump for Woakes, a stump for Anderson, a stump for Pope. Even Adil Rashid has grabbed one by the looks of it. Why not! A win by an innings and 159 runs. India have been rolled over with more than an hour left on the fourth day of a Test that didn't have play on the first day. Yes, it's been that bad for them. This Test lasted 170.3 overs. But we have a result. Anderson, Bairstow, Woakes and Broad the wreckers-in-chief as India crumbled across all three innings. The toss, the team selection, the decisions from their batsmen - nothing going their way. It's 0-2 for the visitors.

46.6CR Woakes to I Sharma, OUT, No run, taken at leg gully! That's the innings win for England. Ishant shuffles across at a length ball angled into him, gets good bat on the glance, but that's exactly the shot England have a fielder there for. Ollie Pope grabs it to complete a memorable debut..
46.5CR Woakes to I Sharma, No run, short of a length outside off, dead-batted towards the slip cordon.

WATCH - Broad's fiery spell before tea (India only)

46.4CR Woakes to R Ashwin, 1 run, length on the stumps, whipped through midwicket on the up.
46.3CR Woakes to R Ashwin, 2 runs, dives back in and loses his helmet as he does so to complete the second run. Length ball outside off, runs it past the slips with an open face.

Alex: "When your specialist spinner top scores in both innings!! Ashwin is a beast"

Neil: "Ashwin was presumably selected for his batting. "

John: "Good to see Rashid fielding a few down at fine leg. He's got to do something to earn his money. Hasn't bowled an over and didn't bat."

He'll get more treatment and the umpires have called for drinks as well

46.2CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, short of third slip. Ashwin cops another on the knuckles of his right hand. Gets forward to one that kicks up and it lobs off his bottom glove. Jennings can't get there with the dive. Ashwin's in pain again..
46.1CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, length and in at middle stump. Flicked to deep midwicket and won't take the run.
End of over 46. 2 runs this over. 127/9 after 276 balls.
I Sharma 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 12-5-23-4
R Ashwin 30 (44b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Bit of a race now. The umpire's aren't happy with the lights.

Anderson doesn't have a ten-wicket haul at Lord's. This is his chance.

End of over 45. 4 runs this over. 125/8 after 270 balls.
R Ashwin 30 (44b 5x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 9-2-21-1
Mohammed Shami 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 44. 5 runs this over. 121/8 after 264 balls.
Mohammed Shami 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 11-5-21-3
R Ashwin 26 (38b 4x4 0x6 ) more

With this talk of India's potential replacements, a good time to travel to the outskirts of Bengaluru with Sreshth Shah, who wrote about Hanuma Vihari who grabbed eyeballs with a 148 for India A. Can he be the answer?

End of over 43.  A maiden over! 116/7 after 258 balls.
Kuldeep Yadav 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 8-2-17-1
R Ashwin 21 (36b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Four slips in waiting

End of over 42. 2 runs this over. 116/6 after 252 balls.
R Ashwin 21 (36b 3x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 10-5-16-2
HH Pandya 26 (42b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Fergie: "Time for a bit of spin? Shake things up a bit. "

End of over 41. 7 runs this over. 114/6 after 246 balls.
R Ashwin 20 (32b 3x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 16-6-44-4
HH Pandya 25 (40b 5x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Highlights from second session's play from the fourth day (India only)

End of over 40. 5 runs this over. 107/6 after 240 balls.
HH Pandya 20 (36b 4x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 9-5-14-2
R Ashwin 18 (30b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 6 runs this over. 102/6 after 234 balls.
HH Pandya 20 (33b 4x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 15-6-37-4
R Ashwin 13 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 8 runs this over. 96/6 after 228 balls.
R Ashwin 13 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 9-1-27-0
HH Pandya 14 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) more

A Malaviya: "With enough runs in bag,should not be a bad idea to bring Rashid. Pandya would go after him and that might create chance"

End of over 37. 4 runs this over. 88/6 after 222 balls.
HH Pandya 14 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 14-6-31-4
R Ashwin 9 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36.  A maiden over! 84/6 after 216 balls.
R Ashwin 9 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 8-1-23-0
HH Pandya 10 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 11 runs this over. 84/6 after 210 balls.
HH Pandya 10 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 13-6-27-4
R Ashwin 9 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 34. 7 runs this over. 73/6 after 204 balls.
HH Pandya 6 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 7-0-23-0
R Ashwin 2 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

...and now he'll see the physio too.

Josh Collins: "@Barry Average: Which makes India's decision to play 2 spinners all the more bizzare!"

End of over 33.  A maiden over! 66/6 after 198 balls.
HH Pandya 1 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 12-6-16-4
R Ashwin 0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Barry Average: "You have to feel for Adil Rashid in this test, didn't get a bat, and may not get a bowl in either innings too!"

looks like the right index finger, actually, not the the thumb. He'll get some treatment on that.

End of over 32. 1 runs this over. 66/6 after 192 balls.
R Ashwin 0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 6-0-16-0
HH Pandya 1 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Broad is back. Three slips and two forward short leg fielders.

4:15pm The bell has been rung. Play resumes in five minutes.

4:03pm Tea has been taken.

mohit: "Remind me to think higher of Sanjay Bangar and Dravid for their Headingley masterclass! #chesistance"

WATCH - Karthik departs for a duck as India lose both their reviews (India only)

3:50pm The rain is back. A supreme spell of fast bowling from Broad will be halted for a bit. What an exhilarating sequence. A beauty to get Pujara, a plan to get Kohli on the back foot and fending, given his back injury, and then a nasty one for Dinesh Karthik first up. Preceded by a loose Rahane shot after Pujara and him were starting to build the first signs of an Indian resistance. But it's all come crashing down.

End of over 31. 6 runs this over. 65/6 after 186 balls.
R Ashwin 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 11-5-16-4
HH Pandya 0 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Tony Torrance: "Couple hours ago the call to drop Broad. That will be no then."

Haris: "When its Aleem Dar, decision should not be reviewed & wasted. Hats off!"

End of over 30. 7 runs this over. 59/4 after 180 balls.
V Kohli 15 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 5-0-15-0
HH Pandya 0 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Limps through to the other end

End of over 29. 1 runs this over. 52/4 after 174 balls.
HH Pandya 0 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 10-5-14-2
V Kohli 8 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Isaac: "Why not anyone try moving across offstump to have a jab like Steven Smith?? Worth a try!!" --- Only a man with Trent Boult's ability can pull that off

Avinash: "Where is our EYE reader who could tell a player's future performance by looking into player's eyes covered in the helmet. :P"

End of over 28. 1 runs this over. 51/4 after 168 balls.
HH Pandya 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 4-0-8-0
V Kohli 7 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more

tony: "Is it me of is there a touch of the Dazzler Gough about Sam Curran? Short, stocky(ish!!), bustly run up and a mongrel attitude wanting to get involved"

WICKET - Broad puts an end to Pujara's resistance (India only)

End of over 27.  A maiden over! 50/4 after 162 balls.
HH Pandya 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 9-5-13-2
V Kohli 6 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Since January 2012, when Pujara became a regular, no Indian has been bowled as many times as him - 18. Ashwin is next with 10 bowled dismissals.

End of over 26. 2 runs this over. 50/3 after 156 balls.
CA Pujara 17 (82b 1x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 3-0-7-0
V Kohli 6 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25.  A maiden over! 48/3 after 150 balls.
CA Pujara 17 (81b 1x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 8-4-13-1
V Kohli 5 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 1 runs this over. 48/3 after 144 balls.
V Kohli 5 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 2-0-6-0
CA Pujara 17 (75b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 4 runs this over. 47/3 after 138 balls.
V Kohli 5 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 7-3-13-1
CA Pujara 16 (70b 1x4 0x6 ) more

George Macphers: "Get these two out and it's game over for India. I do hope England can get another 2-3 wickets before the close of play. "

Amit Golani: "It's one thing to be out of touch or have a bad phase. But a seasoned player repeating same mistakes again and again is an alarm bell. India shouldn't ignore the fall in techniques of people like Vijay and Rahane. Let's accept T20 is affecting their test form"

Sarthak: "Will Indian selector be bold and drop few of these underperforming batsmen mid series for the remaining two test matches?"

End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 43/3 after 132 balls.
CA Pujara 16 (70b 1x4 0x6 ) SM Curran 1-0-5-0
V Kohli 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

WICKET- Rahane distraught after falling to Broad (India only)

End of over 21.  A maiden over! 38/3 after 126 balls.
CA Pujara 12 (67b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 6-3-9-1
V Kohli 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Zach: "I'm sure Rahane will be very disappointed with that. He had done the hard work, got himself a start (33 balls for 13) and threw it away chasing a wide ball. Gotta say, I feel pretty bad for the guy right now, he was looking as decent as you can be in these conditions. "

Pratyay Didwani: "I wonder what has gone wrong with Rahane... He has gone from an average of around 50 and being one of the first names on the Test team sheet to an average of 41 in a very short amount of time. Hope he regains confidence as he is very important for India overseas."

End of over 20. 3 runs this over. 38/3 after 120 balls.
V Kohli 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 7-1-17-0
CA Pujara 12 (61b 0x4 0x6 ) more

srinath: "@sasikanth Cummins got him a couple of times and hazlewood once using short balls in india..! in these conditions though : bowl short, bowl short, pitch a beautiful full length outswinger and job done."

Another grimace as Kohli plays that last ball.

Manish Harodia: "Reporting live from Lord's. Last ball, someone just shouted - run Kohli, when Pujara blocked!! "

We're seeing visuals of Kohli trying to loosen his back muscles. He's not 100% judging by that grimace.

Ashutosh Vikram: "Interestingly Rahane is lasting only 30-35 balls in last few games, shows inability to concentrate for long? "

End of over 19.  A maiden over! 35/3 after 114 balls.
AM Rahane 13 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 5-2-9-1
CA Pujara 10 (57b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Kohli is in

md ali: "Ashwin is winning the poll by miles and i think people are voting for him in frustration..... "

End of over 18. 3 runs this over. 35/2 after 108 balls.
CA Pujara 10 (57b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 6-1-15-0
AM Rahane 13 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Sasikanth: "Getting hit on the helmet doesn't mean anything. When was the last time Pujara was out to a short ball from a pacer? Pujara is no Dhoni against Short balls, but he is no Raina too. He is solid."

End of over 17. 2 runs this over. 32/2 after 102 balls.
CA Pujara 9 (54b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 4-1-9-0
AM Rahane 11 (24b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Monga is stirring the pot over the Live Report: Pujara, Ashwin and Karthik in an opening poll. Get voting.

Sriram: "Twice in a row England have been saved by lower order allrounder with ball and bat. That is the true value of an allrounder unlike bits and pieces Pandyas and Binnys that India bring on" --- But...Binny saved India a Test on their last tour...

srinath: "Yes there is, for a top order batsman, pujara's response to short balls is pretty ordinary, i remember woakes hitting his helmet 2-3 times in the 1st innings at mohali last time eng visited ind."

End of over 16. 6 runs this over. 30/2 after 96 balls.
AM Rahane 10 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 5-1-12-0
CA Pujara 8 (49b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ashutosh Vikram: "Can you guys elaborate on the back foot thing? " --- England have looked to bounce him just outside off over the last few overs

End of over 15.  A maiden over! 24/2 after 90 balls.
CA Pujara 7 (48b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 8-5-9-2
AM Rahane 5 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more

RAVI M: "Please don't get run out .. please don't get run out!"

England know something about Pujara's back-foot play that we don't

End of over 14. 4 runs this over. 24/2 after 84 balls.
AM Rahane 5 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 4-1-6-0
CA Pujara 7 (42b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13.  A maiden over! 20/2 after 78 balls.
CA Pujara 7 (42b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 7-4-9-2
AM Rahane 1 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 1 runs this over. 20/2 after 72 balls.
AM Rahane 1 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 3-1-2-0
CA Pujara 7 (36b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Hari: "Varun: How did you know 10.5 would be the one swinging in? Commentator's brain?"

End of over 11. 1 runs this over. 19/2 after 66 balls.
CA Pujara 6 (33b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 6-3-9-2
AM Rahane 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Incoming ball incoming

End of over 10. 1 runs this over. 18/2 after 60 balls.
AM Rahane 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 2-1-1-0
CA Pujara 5 (27b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 1 runs this over. 17/2 after 54 balls.
AM Rahane 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 5-3-8-2
CA Pujara 5 (24b 0x4 0x6 ) more

1:58pm Pujara's asking for middle stump. He's marked his guard. Chris Woakes is ready.

1:53pm The covers are coming off.

Sidharth Monga has done words on India's opening problems on the Live Report. Get over there!

1:45pm Fifteen minutes to scheduled restart.

Umar: "Isn't it a good idea to play with duke balls in their domestic cricket or atleast the team which is going to England give them some matches in domestic to get familiar with duke ball, like Pakistan did in their domestic cricket and Australia is thinking about it before ashes in England. As far as I know mostly teams struggle in English conditions. We shouldn't blame these players they are trying their best. "

1:38pm An update: Scheduled close of play today is at 1900 hours. No, India fans, that's not IST.

NaGun: "@Adam : relatively ..yes ! But it would be a stretch to say that english top 3 were good. The difference in quality of Anderson and the opening bowlers of india, has a lot to do with that as well ! (Shami /sharma have taken atleast 3 overs each to get into the groove) !"

Ganesh: "I think BCCI should seriously look into the role of Ravi Shastri ad bring in a coach with Cricketing brain an not Commentatory brain. Got to keep a check on Kohli's chopping and changing XI tactics, which failed most of the times." --- Hey, what's wrong with a commentator's brain?!

Peeyush: "Amused to see that some fans believe that Prithvi Shaw and other openers will be able to handle Anderson and Co better than the existing experienced crop of openers. The worst thing you could do to a young lad is to push him too early into a format and level than he should be. "

1:30pm What makes Anderson so effective against India?

Shane: "Is there a case for Woakes in instead of Buttler when Stokes comes back?" ---

I'd take the chance. But you can get Rashid doesn't get to bowl with five seamers in the team!

Sateesh : "@Adam, yes true but think the playing conditions when the Indian innings are lot different to when Eng batting. Still one bowlers started greatly against the odds. Cruel weather. May be a third seemer could have helped the cause better but not to be now."

Pranav: "@Anil Kunble, Agarwal had a middling IPL season where the bowlers were a notch above the domestic level. Yes T20 shouldnt be the criteria for selection but the truth is It does affect the selections.Prithvi Shaw makes runs but one has to question his batting technique where the gap between bat and pad is larger than when my mouth opens up for a Pizza. Typical English conditions,no feet movement and so much gap between bat and pad. Well save yourself from the goliath Anderson. "

Adam : "@Nagun the top ordes job is to survive long enough to take the sting out of the attack to make things easier for the middle. England's openers and root did that a lot better than india's"

Sourav: "Just a few weeks back we were talking about the selection conundrum for the openers spot with the selection committee having to deal with the problem of plenty! They also reacted to it by playing all three in the 1st test. And now 2test matches down the line it's amazing to read comments about how India are dealing with the problem of lack of able openers at their disposal and how we should fast track a young lad from domestic cricket to fill in the void! Cricket is indeed a very funny game! "

Rajkumar: "@Anil Kunble: Exactly what John said. Every other Indian batsman looks better when they are not in the team playing test matches in England. Mayank buckled under pressure in the IPL, else he would have been in the ODI team for the Eng series."

NaGun: "We shouldn't forget that even the english top order failed even though they are used to these conditions. I think we are being too harsh on our openers and Pujara. It's the lower middle order that's been the difference between the two teams. Think Rahane, Karthik and Pandya need to come good for us to do better in the remaining tests. Cant expect much from openers and Pujara given the conditions and ofcourse Anderson (and Woakes??) ! "

James: "James, as an anyone but Surrey fan, I would also been torn on seeing so many of their players in the Test side!"

Devine : "Why are both sides intent on tinkering with the line up? Agreed, India is not playing well in the current series but these are all tried and tested players who have had ample success as a team. And with England in the form they are in, what's the need to chop and change? I don't quite get it "

1:10pm We're officially into the second session, but the covers are still on. Barely any rain, though, says Miller.

James De Lamber: "@Nick, As a surrey fan, I'm torn by you choosing 5 of our players (Burns, Borthwick, Foakes, Pope & Curran) to be in the side... Yes, I'll be super proud to see them wearing England shirts, but I still want us to be county champs! "

Stephen Scott: "Anyone think that J.Hildreth could open, alongside Cook. And Stokes back in for Buttler. And if they want to make Bairstow a permanent no.5, then relieve him of the gloves & add B.Foakes."

Anil kunble: "What else mayank agarwal needs to do to play for india.clearly the current indian openers are out of and agarwal can be solid opening pair.what you guys think?"

Jez: "@Michael. The problem with having the folks Foakes, Stokes and Woakes together is the bad jokes. Good blokes though. " --- Obligatory post.

Tiggsy: "@john I agree, to a point. Bit Buttler has never done particulalrly well at county level (in FC obviously, he is a limited overs beast). He did well in the last series but needs to be much more consistently productive to warrant selection as a batsman. "

Atul Shivnani: "Traveling to London in September and have booked my tickets for the 4th day of the 5th match at oval. However, have slim hopes of any remaining contest or edge in the series by that time. Yet I dream. "

Michael: "@nick - No, I don't. I think we should try find a right hand opener with unflappable technique a la Chef or play Joe Clarke there. That way, this can follow - Root*, YJB, Foakes (w), Stokes, Woakes, Curran, Rash, Stu, Jimmy. Liam's injured and although I'd love to see him at some point in Tests, his CC record doesn't equate. Feel Burns could be the solution. Myself, looking at their CC records I don't know why Matt Parkinson (Lancs)/J. Porter (Esx) aren't in the side. "

WATCH - The Curran show, England's declaration and India's struggles: Highlights from the first session of day four (India only)

12:55pm The umbrellas are out and it is still spitting down at Lord's, reports Nagraj.

Suneej: "It is so embarrasing that a team who were about to go up 1-0 in an away test series a week before now starring 0-2 today#life changes so quickly"

john: "@Nick, Jennings is not a weakness and Butler showed in the last series he is valuable, Problem is you see players performing at county level and say they are better than the ones not performing in the test side but you shouldn't ignore that the ones in the test side also performed very well at domestic level and that the ones performing now will also have difficulties when they get into the side. Key is giving time and not picking a different player every second match"

Nick: "It's so nice to see England back in the groove ! That'll give them confidence to move on I hope. I think they should start picking up batsmen who can do the job at Test level. I'm glad they chose Ollie Pope, he looks very promising. Other prospects are Burns, the openener, Livingstone, Foakes (and Borthwick, at number 3 ?). Their main weakness now are Jennings & Buttler (and Cook ?...). Do you agree ?"

Chintan: "Rahane above Kohli was a tactical decision? It does make sense too. These two can be patient, hopefully this works for India. " --- No. Kohli couldn't come out because he was off the field with back stiffness earlier. He has to do his minutes before he can bat.

Nitin: "As in Indian I'm not too concerned about our batting (probably the first time this test series). I see that look in Pujara's eyes, that he's geared up to deadbat England for next 150 overs. And we all know he can" --- Why can I never tell how much someone is likely to bat by looking in their eyes?

WICKET - Anderson leaves India two down (India only)

12:30pm, Lunch It really did get quite heavy after that last ball. The players are going off. And it'll be an early lunch as well. 1:09pm is the scheduled restart if the raining stops. It's been more of the same for India in the first session. England got both quick runs and quick wickets. With a deficit of 272 and conditions that will only encourage England, this looks bleak for the visitors. Anderson got to 100 wickets at Lord's today, and it's him again that's causing damage. Two more for him.

End of over 8. 1 runs this over. 16/2 after 48 balls.
CA Pujara 5 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 1-0-1-0
AM Rahane 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - All England wickets from the first innings (India only)

End of over 7. 2 runs this over. 15/2 after 42 balls.
AM Rahane 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 4-2-8-2
CA Pujara 4 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Someone said Woakes?

Robert Brown: "How many Wickets does Anderson need to overtake McGrath " --- Thirteen.

Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4. Four slips and a leg gully are in.

End of over 6. 3 runs this over. 13/1 after 36 balls.
CA Pujara 3 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 3-1-7-0
KL Rahul 10 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more

England haven't been as full as they were at the start of India's 1st innings

Ed: "Woakes Woakes Woakes Woakes!!!!!"

lepetitprince: "Is this a make or break series for Vijay? He has been touted as India's No. 1 opener. His overseas record is an average of 32 in 52 innings, with 3 hundreds. His overall average is a wee bit above 40 and has hovered just below 40 for much of his career. He has never left an indelible mark on any series - i.e. not dominated any series he has played on. Time to blood a youngster and develop them?"

End of over 5. 6 runs this over. 10/1 after 30 balls.
CA Pujara 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 3-2-6-1
KL Rahul 9 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more

WICKET - A pair for Vijay as Anderson nabs him again (India only)

Stephen Phillip: "because Kohli was off the field earlier today, he can't bat for the first 37 minutes of the innings. Thanks, but why 37 minutes? Must be a reason for such an odd number? Is it how long he was off for? And what if we get 9 wickets in less than 37 minutes?" --- Yes, that's how long he was off. It's either 37 minutes or bat at No. 7, whichever comes first (this is the law)

End of over 4. 4 runs this over. 4/1 after 24 balls.
KL Rahul 4 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 2-1-4-0
CA Pujara 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

DM: "A pair for our most trusted opener!"

End of over 3.  A maiden over! 0/1 after 18 balls.
CA Pujara 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 2-2-0-1
KL Rahul 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Here is Pujara. Just for clarity, because Kohli was off the field earlier today, he can't bat for the first 37 minutes of the innings. That's about 21 minutes from now.

Steve: "OK, enough of Broad, I'm ready for Woakes to bowl." --- You'd make a great Test captain

End of over 2.  A maiden over! 0/0 after 12 balls.
KL Rahul 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) SCJ Broad 1-1-0-0
M Vijay 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1.  A maiden over! 0/0 after 6 balls.
M Vijay 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) JM Anderson 1-1-0-0
KL Rahul 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Speaking of India in England, on this day in 1948, independent India won its first Olympic Gold at Wembley stadium, beating hosts England in the final. Here is a fascinating account of that feat.

M VijayC JM Bairstow B JM Anderson010800-
KL RahulLBW JM Anderson1029162062.5
CA PujaraB SCJ Broad17106871019.54
AM RahaneC KK Jennings B SCJ Broad1355332039.39
V KohliC OJ Pope B SCJ Broad1757292058.62
HH PandyaLBW CR Woakes2686435060.47
KD KarthikLBW SCJ Broad03100-
R Ashwinnot out 3390485068.75
Kuldeep YadavB JM Anderson08700-
Mohammed ShamiLBW JM Anderson010300-
I SharmaC OJ Pope B CR Woakes21170028.57
Total 107/10
JM Anderson12.052341.92
SCJ Broad16.064442.75
CR Woakes10.022422.4
SM Curran9.012703