England vs India 2nd Test Day 3: Woakes, Bairstow torment India and stretch lead to 250

Chris Woakes 120 not out England India 2nd Test Day 3 Lord's cricket

Chris Woakes is delighted after scoring his maiden Test century

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Chris Woakes struck an unbeaten 120 and Jonny Bairstow scored 93 as England punished India on the third day of the second Test at Lord’s.

Trailing by 107 runs after bowling India out on the second day, England lost opener Keaton Jennings early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for 11.

Jennings opted to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps.

Alastair Cook, who opened the batting with Jennings, managed to score 21 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

England captain Joe Root and debutant Ollie Pope steadied things with a 45-run partnership before Pope was trapped lbw off the bowling of Hardik Pandya for 28.

Like Jennings, Pope decided to review the decision, but it didn’t end up going in his favour as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and crashing into the stumps.

Root proceeded to make 19 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shami.

Bairstow and Jos Buttler halted India’s charge with a 42-run stand, during which England took the lead, before Buttler, who scored 24, suffered the same fate as Root.

With England in a spot of bother at 131/5, Bairstow and Woakes came to the rescue as they forged a 189-run partnership, during which Woakes brought up his hundred, while Bairstow was nearing the triple-figure mark.

However, he didn’t end up getting there as he was caught behind off the bowling of Pandya for 93, which came off 144 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Despite losing Bairstow, England continued to take the attack to India’s bowlers as Woakes and Sam Curran put together an unbeaten 37-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Woakes finished on 120 off 159 balls, which included 18 boundaries, while Curran remained undefeated on 22 off 24 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Shami was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Pandya took two and Ishant claimed one.

England ended day three on 357/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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