Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107

Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107

On Friday, the visitors continued their poor performance as a batting unit from Birmingham, as they were bowled out for a paltry 107.

"The first half (of the day), when the game was on and off, it was hard for the batting team to switch on and off".

Kohli, in particular, seemed reluctant to face Anderson, a bowler who dismissed him four times during India's last tour of England in 2014. None of the visiting batsmen could dig in and get a substantial score, playing one poor shot after another to hand the hosts a massive advantage.

"The first game back can always be tricky, especially when you've got world-class batsmen to come up against", said Anderson. They haven't got anywhere near as many runs as they would've wanted, but the match isn't done by any means.

Nothing doing: Rain clouds hang above the pitch at Lord's. The second saw KL Rahul, deceived by late away swing, caught behind.

Yet that was what happened off the last of the 12 balls bowled between lunch and tea. Such scrambled thinking then did for Pujara after India's No3 set off for a single in Anderson's next over.

The wicket, which left India 15-3, prompted a downpour so heavy the rest of the players sprinted off the field and overtook a crestfallen Pujara on the boundary rope.

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Kohli responded, only to change his mind and retreat.

After a rain delay, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and a downpour followed immediately.

Sam Curran (22no) made the most of some erratic bowling from Kuldeep Yadav to boost England's lead further and, weather permitting, he and Woakes will resume with the bat on the fourth morning.

Ravichandran Ashwin top-scored with 29 before he was plumb leg before to Broad.

Towards the end, tailender Mohammed Shami struck a few lusty blows to guide India to the three-figure mark before fellow quick Ishant Sharma (0) was trapped by Anderson.

This was an England sixth-wicket record in Test matches against India, surpassing the 171 shared by Ian Botham and Bob Taylor at Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1980.

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