Chris Woakes had earlier said that England would like to press home the advantage in view of the rains in the air. Joe Root confirmed Woakes’ claim by declaring the England innings as soon as Sam Curran got out caught at third man going after a widish length delivery by Hardik Pandya. GettyImages-1015485648 England’s score read 396/7 and even though Graeme Swann who is on commentary duties with Sony Pictures Network felt that England should have declared at the start of the day and pressed home the advantage right away, it was what the England captain did after they had added 39 runs in 7.1 overs on day 4. GettyImages-1015487508 James Anderson got into the act straightaway and he angled one in and Vijay inside-edged it for Jonny Bairstow to pouch it behind the wicket. GettyImages-1015487620 James Anderson got his 100th wicket at Lord’s in his 27th test appearance on the hallowed venue. He got applauded by his team-mates for the feat. GettyImages-1015501436 Anderson got another one that angled in and got KL Rahul leg before wicket. India were 17/2 in 9 overs when it started drizzling and umpires decided to take an early lunch. GettyImages-1015550578 Cheteshwar Pujara had no answer to this late in-swinger from the wily Stuart Broad. Pujara was batting well and had put up a decent resistance till that point but you can’t really do much if the ball does that much. India were reeling at 50/4 and had lost both Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara by then. GettyImages-1015555486 The England players in an animated state after Virat Kohli’s review of him being given out doesn’t end in the India captain’s favour. The dismissal was a classic in terms of a batsman getting out caught at short leg off a fast bowler. Broad dug it in just back of a length and all Kohli could do was tuck it into Ollie Pope’s hands who was placed at the young intern’s position, i.e., forward short leg. India were 61/5 when their skipper left and staring at a certain innings defeat for sure now.

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