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Woakes and Bairstow Commands England’s Innings as Hosts Take a Healthy Lead

Woakes and Bairstow Commands England’s Innings as Hosts Take a Healthy Lead

England are truly on the driver’s seat in the second Test at the ‘Home of Cricket’ in the five-match Test series against India as they have taken a healthy lead of 250 runs.

Cricket news: Woakes scored his maiden Test century while Bairstow fell seven short of a century

The first day was totally wasted due to rain, the second day witnessed James Anderson and Co. destroying India at 107 runs while the third day showed the English middle order scruff the necks of the Indian bowlers as they took the score to 357 for the loss of six wickets.

Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings started the proceedings pretty well and scored 28 runs when Mohammed Shami trapped Jennings in front.

Ishant Sharma took the wicket of Cook in the next over as Joe Root and debutant Ollie Pope started rebuilding the innings and scored 45 runs for the third wicket.

Hardik Pandya trapped Pope in front after a determined 28 runs in 38 balls, while Shami pinned Root as England ended the pre-lunch session with 89/4.

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler resumed after lunch as Buttler hit four boundaries to score 24 off 22 deliveries. But he could not carry on with the momentum as he became Shami’s third victim.

With a lead of just 24 runs at that stage and with half the team in the dressing room, it looked a tricky situation for England.

But in came Chris Woakes and with the help of Bairstow, they took the score to 230/5 in 55 overs in the post-lunch session as both the batsmen completed their respective half-centuries.

There was enough despair left for India as both the batsmen looked in ominous touch and together they made 189 runs and ended India’s hopes of a comeback.

Bairstow was eyeing his sixth Test century but fell seven runs short as he nicked Pandya and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik took an impressive catch by diving full-length on to his right.

However it was Woakes who stole the day at the end of the day by scoring his maiden Test century and celebrated his comeback from the injury in style.

Sam Curran also played a quickfire 22 runs in 24 balls and much to India’s relief, the play was called off for the remaining of the day due to dreary atmosphere.

 

Brief Scores

India: 107 all out in 35.2 overs; (Ravichandran Ashwin 29, Virat Kohli 23; James Anderson 5/20, Chris Woakes 2/19)

England: 357/6 in 81 overs; (Chris Woakes 120*, Jonny Bairstow 93; Mohammed Shami 3/74, Hardik Pandya 2/66)

England lead by 250 runs  

Close of Play: Day 3

Rakesh Rakshit

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77