England’s Jonny Bairstow (93) and Chris Woakes (120*) combined for a stand of 189 runs for the sixth wicket on Day 3 of the second Test at Lord’s against India. That was 82 runs more than what India managed in their first innings.

While England’s four-pronged pace attack ran roughshod over India on day two, day three was all about England batsmen flattening the Indian bowling attack. At close of play, England had amassed 357 for six, taking a lead of 250.

India did have tougher conditions while batting, but therein lies the real test of Test cricket. Overcoming the external factors especially for any visiting team is crucial, but India failed to do so.

However, India did have their moment under the sun, which ironically shone beautifully for most part of the day going in favour of England. India had England reeling at 131 for five, with Mohammed Shami looking in terrific rhythm, having taken three wickets before Bairstow and Woakes took the game away from India. The English duo bided their time in the middle when the pacers were on top in the second session, but once they withered the storm, the Lord’s track eased out for batting.