There was a need of some magic from the Indian bowlers after they got all-out for just 107 in their first innings. Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami gave start by picking up the wickets of Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings but rest of the bowlers were ineffective. England ended the day with 357/6 some of the phenomenal show from Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow.
Inaccurate line and length from the Indian bowlers
The way Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Woakes were bowling, it looked like India can repeat the same with their quality pace attack but failed badly. There was any hardly swing from them, however, the line was too inaccurate. It was not even the half of what Ishant Sharma bowled at the Lord’s in 2014. The Delhiite picked up 7 wickets in an innings in 2014 with almost all the deliveries being unplayable.
Record partnership from Bairstow and Woakes
Chris Woakes was unstoppable on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. He scored his maiden ton and nothing could be better than scoring it at the iconic Lord’s. He also added his name in the list of players scoring a ton and taking 10 wickets in a game at Lord’s. Apart from this, Woakes and Bairstow were involved in a record breaking partnership of 189 for the sixth wicket, which is the highest-ever by an English pair against India.
England are way ahead now
With a lead of 250 runs, England are looking to add another 100 runs from here so that India, just like the 1st innings, couldn’t handle this pressure. The game is completely with England till Day 3. Some magical stuff from the Indian batsmen can still create a minor chance for the visitors. So far, it’s England game.