England ace Chris Woakes boasts absurdly low Test average at Lord's

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The Indian batsmen have themselves to blame as much as the top-class bowling from the English fast-bowlers led by James Anderson.

Kohli had single-handedly made the first test at Edgbaston competitive, his 200 runs failing to save India as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, but he couldn't repeat his heroics on a green wicket at Lord's.

The exit of England " s all-time leading Test run-scorer meant 20-year-old debutant batsman Ollie Pope walked out with the hosts in trouble at 32 for two off 8.2 overs.

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Woakes struck a polished ton as England finished day three in a dominant position, reaching 357/6 when bad light stopped play. Yet it lasted only 31 minutes before the weather intervened. The second saw KL Rahul, deceived by late away swing, caught behind. England then reduced India to 11 for two in 6.3 overs before heavens opened up to halt the proceedings.

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.

Bairstow and Woakes came together when England were struggling at 131 for five, only 24 ahead of India, with the ball still moving around, but the pair drained the life out of India who found themselves short of pace bowling and over-loaded with spin on a slow pitch.

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A reticent Kohli originally ran and then, with his partner nearly at the other end, sent him back.

Pujara and Kohli were involved in a run out which led to Pujara's wicket and turned the match in England's favour.

In both cases he had the batsmen caught by Jos Buttler the very next delivery after the second slip had dropped each of them, with the ball going for four. At tea, England were 230 for 5. It was worth the wait, though, as Root's men took control of this stop-start Test. He was unfortunate to be dismissed by Hardik Pandya on 28 but looked a promising talent while he was batting.

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Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder who was man of the match at Edgbaston, then came to the party to bowl Dinesh Karthik with a handsome in-swinger.

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