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Rain puts dampener on England progress at Lord’s

Amid intermittent showers, India have stumbled to 15 for three.

A dramatic downpour stopped England in their tracks again after James Anderson helped to put India in big trouble on a stop-start second day in the rain-ravaged Lord’s Test.

After a first-day washout, Joe Root chose to bowl under increasing cloud cover.

India stumbled to 15 for three, thanks to two morning wickets from Anderson and then a hapless run-out as India got into another pickle off his bowling.

Only 8.3 overs were possible in this second Specsavers Test before teatime, but by then England’s all-time leading wicket-taker needed only another four to become the first bowler in history to reach 100 at the Home of Cricket.

With the fifth delivery of the match, Anderson made short work of a scoreless Murali Vijay – who pushed towards mid-on only to lose his off-bail to a perfect outswinger.

He was at it again in his fourth over as KL Rahul became his second victim, edging behind on the forward-defence to one that just held its impeccable line.

There were only 14 more deliveries before a mid-afternoon storm which left the outfield under water and prospects of any further play surely slim.

But that was enough for Cheteshwar Pujara to be run out after pushing for a single to point and then ending up stranded almost at the same end as Virat Kohli when his captain suddenly decided to retreat.

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