James Anderson dragged England again into the second Take a look at towards India by taking two wickets in an impressed late-afternoon spell earlier than KL Rahul rose to the event at Lord’s on Thursday.
Rahul performed the proper second-fiddle when his accomplice Rohit Sharma was inching in the direction of his maiden abroad Take a look at ton. After Rohit’s departure, the Karnataka batsman steadied India’s ship by notching up his sixth Take a look at ton and changing into solely the third Indian opener to get a ton at Lord’s.
The 29-year-old’s final ton towards England was in 2018 the place he had ended up scoring 149 on the Oval. Skipper Virat Kohli additionally chipped in with a 42 earlier than falling prey to Ollie Robinson within the eighty fifth over. Rahul was unbeaten on 127 at stumps with Ajinkya Rahane (1) as India completed with 276/3.
India have been 157/2 on the opening day after Rohit (83) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) fell to England’s enduring file wicket-taker, who has figures of 2-52 on the finish of the day.
Rohit was on the right track for his eighth Take a look at century and a spot on the Honours Boards on the residence of cricket when Anderson bought one to nip again off the seam and undergo the right-handed opener’s gate to hit the highest of the stumps.
That ended a 126-run opening partnership and 21 balls from Anderson later, India misplaced Pujara, who prodded at an outswinger from the 39-year-old paceman and edged it to Jonny Bairstow at third slip.
Anderson, who declared himself match after pulling out of a web session on Wednesday due to a decent quadriceps muscle, moved onto 623 Take a look at wickets — consolidating himself in third place on the all-time record.
England received the toss and selected to bowl first on a morning of fixing climate on the residence of cricket. Morning showers meant the beginning of play was delayed half-hour earlier than a mixture of sunny and cloudy circumstances which proved extraordinarily useful for the seam bowlers. Lunch was additionally taken early due to a quick bathe.
Rohit performed brilliantly in making his highest Take a look at rating outdoors India, hitting 11 fours and a top-edged hook for six.
(With AP Inputs)