It was quite surprising that play on day four of the second Test at Lord s between India and England started on time, despite the weather forecast hinting otherwise. It was bright and sunny for the first 30 minutes, which England exploited to the hilt taking 39 runs in the 7.1 overs they batted.


Sam Curran (40) earned himself a four and a six while Chris Woakes (137*) took three boundaries before Curran was caught at third man, handing Hardik Pandya his third wicket. With the conditions changing, England declared at 396 for seven, having taken a lead of 289 runs over India.

Then, it was over to James Anderson.

And it took the 36-year-old only two overs to have his first breakthrough of India s second innings – and a historic one at that, his 100th Test match wicket at Lord s becoming only the second player to achieve the feat at a single ground after Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

Vijay departed for a duck when he gently prodded forward for a seaming in delivery bowled at back of length. The ball took the inside edge and took the gap between his bat and the body to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.

Pair for Vijay.

Three overs later, Anderson got one to nip back in and Rahul, shuffling across, copped one on the knee roll to depart for 10. India were two down for 13. Indian skipper Virat Kohli could not come out to bat as he had not taken the field earlier owing to a back strain and that meant, his deputy, Ajinkya Rahane, joined Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. The duo played out two overs before rain halted play and the umpires decided to take early lunch.

Brief Scores: India 17/2 (KL Rahul 10; James Anderson 2/8) & 107 (Ravichandran Ashwin 29; James Anderson 5/20) trail England 396/7 (Chris Woakes 137*, Jonny Bairstow 93; Hardik Pandya 3/66) by 272 runs