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Broad and Anderson star as England take control of series against India

England beat both India and the weather to go 2-0 up in the Specsavers series at Lord’s

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Dinesh Karthik (Adam Davy/PA)
Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Dinesh Karthik (Adam Davy/PA)

Stuart Broad and James Anderson took charge as England surged into a 2-0 series lead with an innings-and-159-run victory over India in the rain-ravaged Lord’s Test.

Broad (four for 44) and Anderson (four for 23) each bagged a notable new milestone in their stellar careers as England bowled India out for 130 on the fourth evening.

The hosts appeared set for renewed frustration when rain twice more interrupted play in a match which had suffered a first-day washout and lost almost 170 scheduled overs in all.

But after half-an-hour of morning batting in which Chris Woakes (137no) and Sam Curran collected 39 runs for a declaration on 396 for seven, there was time for Anderson to become the first bowler in history to take 100 Test wickets at this famous venue.

Between two further rain breaks, Broad then made the most of leaden skies to move into the top 10 all-time leading Test wicket-takers – before celebrating with two further wickets in two balls, including captain Virat Kohli.

Seventh-wicket pair Hardik Pandya and Ravi Ashwin kept England waiting after tea, with a stand of 55, but Woakes quickly parted them to put his team on the home straight.

Anderson had earlier wasted precious little time bagging his Lord’s century, and getting started on his second too.

England’s all-time leading wicket-taker was armed with the new ball in very favourable conditions for the second time, after Joe Root had raised a few eyebrows around the ground by choosing initially to delay England’s declaration.

Anderson needed just five deliveries to bowl Murali Vijay with a brilliant outswinger to kickstart India’s descent to a first-innings 107 all out.

Second time round, it took him nine as the opener completed his pair when he was caught-behind off an inside-edge as the ball swung down the slope.

The evergreen seamer then also dismissed India’s other opener KL Rahul again, lbw to another one slanted in.

Kohli failed to take the field while England batted on, reportedly because of a back strain, and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane replaced him at number four.

He and Cheteshwar Pujara held firm until the rain arrived. But once under way again in early afternoon, there was no stopping Broad – who took over from Anderson at the pavilion end, with India on 30 for two.

In his second over he brought the edge from Rahane, and Keaton Jennings took a neat catch away to his left at third slip.

Enter Kohli, but he was to lose Pujara after 87 balls of admirable defiance when Broad bowled him off his pads with a perfect inswinger.

Broad’s 421st Test wicket took him up to joint 10th among the all-time leading bowlers, alongside South Africans Dale Steyn and Shaun Pollock – and he soon passed them with the wicket of Kohli.

The India captain survived when Broad went to DRS for a catch down the leg-side by Jonny Bairstow, but then there was no reprieve via his own review next ball.

Debutant Ollie Pope dived forward from short-leg to take the catch, and replays confirmed umpire Aleem Dar’s belief that it had hit Kohli’s glove.

Broad then immediately had Dinesh Karthik lbw pushing forward.

His hopes of becoming the first bowler ever to take three Test hat-tricks foundered when he fired the next one to Ashwin for four leg-side byes.

But Woakes broke the resistance of Pandya and Ashwin when he overturned an lbw decision against the former in England’s favour with the first ball of his second spell.

Then in the gathering gloom, Anderson and Woakes made short work of the last three wickets.

Press Association


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