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Bairstow, Woakes hand England massive advantage

Virat Kohli walks from the dressing room to the pitch.  AFP Virat Kohli walks from the dressing room to the pitch. AFP
Shannon Reynolds | 11 August, 2018, 22:58

On a day when it seemed rain would once again become the only talking point, India were humbled in the two hours of continuous play possible, bowled out for 107 runs in just under 36 overs.

Not a single ball was bowled on day one of the contest and only 8.3 overs were completed in the first two sessions today as rain battered the capital.

Joe Root (19) had battled through a hard spell when he first came to the crease and was set to be rewarded with more favourable conditions in the afternoon, only to be undone by Shami with a ball that nipped back and stayed low in the final over of the morning.

England had stumbled to 89-4 in reply to India's first- innings 107, but Bairstow played confidently and was unbeaten on 62 at the interval while the returning Woakes (55 not out) notched up his fifth test fifty as the hosts reached 230-5.

"With the experience we've had of bowling on flat decks and the ball doing nothing, when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try to show off your skills".

Early morning overcast skies in north London eventually gave way to gentle but persistent rain which was sufficient to ensure the pitch and square remained fully covered.

Anderson then had KL Rahul (eight) caught behind, with India now 10 for two.

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For the Lord's test, skipper Virat Kohli made 2 big changes as test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been recalled to the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav.

The teams then returned to the field after losing more than three hours, and with India struggling at 15/3, Kohli was joined by his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (18).

The 20-year-old Ollie Pope impressed on debut but fell for 28 before captain Joe Root, strangely subdued, was lbw to Shami for 19 with the last ball before lunch. However, Bairstow along with Buttler and Chris Woakes batted England to a position of strength.

Dropped slip catches proved a problem for England at Edgbaston, with Kohli missed twice en route to 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

Virat Kohli's mistake led to Cheteshwar Pujara being run out.

That meant Anderson got his name on the Lord's honors board yet again, thanks to a sixth haul of five wickets or more in a Test innings at the "home of cricket".

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