Rain disrupts Lord's test again as India struggle

Rain disrupts Lord's test again as India struggle

Despite the first day's play being washed out and rain curtailing Day 2, the Test hurtled forward.

Virat Kohli was trapped in an almighty mix-up as the Indian captain's blunder led to Cheteshwar Pujara being run out as India were skittled for 107 by England on day two of the second test at Lord's on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

In the brief morning session, Anderson got England off to a fine start, clean bowling opener Murali Vijay before removing Lokesh Rahul, who was caught behind by keeper Jonny Bairstow.

England captain Joe Root was brilliantly run out by Kohli at Edgbaston and the Indian captain mocked his opposite number with his celebration, but the hosts would be laughing last after dramatically recovering to win the first test and they have taken firm control of the second ahead of day three in London.

Anderson's return of five wickets for 20 runs in 13.2 overs left him just one dismissal shy of becoming the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's.

After appearing to call for a single, Kohli started running before desperately scrambling back to the non-striker's end, while Pujara was stuck in limbo down the track as English debutant Ollie Poper whipped the bails off and he was out - not Kohli.

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England's lead passed 200 soon afterwards but Bairstow was unable to join Woakes in reaching three figures as he went for a big drive and edged Pandya (2-66) behind, Dinesh Karthik taking a superb one-handed catch as he dived full length to his right.

After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies.

In doing so, Bairstow brought up his 19th Test half-century off 76 balls.

"If we bowl like that today, with those conditions, we'd bowl most teams in the world out", he said. "When you build pressure all day no matter who you are it is hard", he said.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the slow bowling department.

As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

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