England vs India 2nd Test Day 2: Anderson takes five as India implode at Lord’s

James Anderson five wickets England India 2nd Test Day 2 Lord's cricket

James Anderson finished with figures of 5-20 off 13.2 overs

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England pace maestro James Anderson put on a show on a rain-affected second day at Lord’s as he scythed through India’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul.

With the first day being washed out due to persistent rain, brighter skies greeted both sides on the second day and England opted to bowl first after winning the toss.

Their decision to do so paid off on the fifth ball of the first over as India opener Murali Vijay was clean bowled by an absolute peach of a delivery from James Anderson for a duck.

Vijay’s opening partner, Lokesh Rahul, did not last long at the crease either as he was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson for eight runs.

Just two balls after Rahul’s dismissal, the rain came, and the players had to leave the field.

Just over two hours later, play resumed, but India lost another wicket as Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope for one run.

As soon as Pujara was gone, the rain returned, and play was suspended once again.

After another lengthy delay, the match continued. Once again, it was England who benefited from the rain delay as the returning Chris Woakes dismissed India captain Virat Kohli for 23.

Hardik Pandya made a quickfire 11 before becoming Woakes’ second victim.

Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was clean bowled for one run by Sam Curran the very next over, while Ajinkya Rahane made a hard-fought 18 before he was sent packing by Anderson.

Anderson then removed Kuldeep Yadav, while Stuart Broad trapped Ravichandran Ashwin lbw for 29.

Ashwin reviewed the decision, but it was in vain as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to crash into leg stump.

India ended up being skittled out for 107 when Ishant Sharma was given out lbw off the bowling of Anderson for a duck.

As soon as Ishant was dismissed, stumps was called.

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Woakes took two, and Broad and Curran claimed one wicket each.

England will get their innings underway on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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