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After being shot down for 107, India started on a positive note on day three of the second Test at Lord’s against England with Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma removing England openers  - Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook – inside the first nine overs and then India went on to add two more scalps in the morning session.

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Skipper Joe Root and debutant Ollie Pope made the most of the bright and sunny conditions getting starts but departed before building on them. At lunch England are 89 for four, trail India by 18 runs.

Jennings and Cook added 28 runs for the first wicket before Shami, coming round the wicket, angled the ball in to the left-handed Jennings and the ball seamed further in, missing Jennings’ bat and hit the pads.

It was a straightforward decision for umpire Aleem Dar, yet senior pro Cook decided to go for the review, but in vain. Jennings departed for 11, making this his 12th innings without a fifty plus score.

An over later, Ishant Sharma, operating on a back of length, got one of middle stump that straightened after pitching. Cook poked at it and the edge was taken behind the stumps by Dinesh Karthik.

Kuldeep Yadav was introduced as early as the 13th over but both Pope and Root swept well against the wrist spinner taking England past the 50-run mark. The duo combined for 45 runs. India though came back well late in the session with Shami and Hardik Pandya removing the set batsmen in a span of three overs.

First to go was Pope, when the Surrey batsman was undone by a back of length delivery that seamed in prodigiously, hitting the batsmen on the back pad. Dar was quick to raise the finger but England once again wasted a review. Pope went for 28, giving Pandya his first wicket of the match.

And then, at the stroke of lunch, Shami bowled a similar delivery to Root, this time the ball didn’t rise as much as the England skipper expected, and that meant curtains for Root at 19. Shami finished the session at 8.4-3-27-2.

Brief Scores: England 89/4 (Ollie Pope 28; Mohammed Shami 2/27) trail India 107 (Ravichandran Ashwin 29; James Anderson 5/20) by 18 runs