Sam Curran had his moment in the first Test. So did James Anderson, in the first innings of the second Test. On Sunday, it was Stuart Broad s turn at Lord s against India.

The 32-year-old scythed through the Indian middle order in a terrific spell of swing bowling to leave India down and out at 66/6, trailing England by 223 runs when rain forced early tea.


After Anderson had removed openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul early, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane put in a dogged resistance, combining for 11.5 overs. But such was the relentless attack of England pacers that the duo could only add 22 runs.

While in the first session Anderson and Chris Woakes dragged their length back and played with the seam off the pitch, Broad operated on a fuller length to make the ball come in to the right-handers.

That strategy had Pujara and Rahane playing and missing, and with the odd one on scrambled seam, moving away after pitching, the India duo never looked confident. One such delivery had Rahane prodding forward. That was a set up as Broad pulled the length back and beat Rahane one delivery prior and then drew the Mumbai batsman for a drive with a pitched up delivery. Rahane fell for the bait and the flying edge was pounced well by Keaton Jennings at third slip.

Virat Kohli, who couldn t bat at number four owing to a back strain, showed signs of not being fully fit, but fought through and crunched a couple of solid drives for boundary.

Pujara, at the other end, finally seemed to be batting like The Cheteshwar Pujara, but Broad was bowling like a million bucks and got one to nip back in and the big inswinger had Pujara responding late. It breached through the defences and uprooted the off stump as Pujara s 86-ball resistance for 17 runs came to an end.

Kohli grimaced every time he ran between the wicket and bend for the strike.

Maybe, taking that as cue, England s strategy changed and the length became short and on middle and leg. Kohli whipped one and Jonny Bairstow took a good diving catch, England went for a review against umpire Aleem Dar s decision. Dar s decision stayed but off the next delivery Broad had Kohli whipping one again, this time the ball went to Ollie Pope at short leg after taking a bit of the glove. Dar raised his finger, Kohli reviewed, but to no avail.

Dinesh Karthik was trapped in front off the next delivery and India found themselves at 66/6 fefore rain intervened.

Brief Scores: India 66/6 (Cheteshwar Pujara 17; Stuart Broad 2/27) & 107 (Ravichandran Ashwin 29; James Anderson 5/20) trail England 396/7 (Chris Woakes 137*, Jonny Bairstow 93; Hardik Pandya 3/66) by 223 runs