England roar back against India as James Anderson gets two wickets in two balls – including Virat Kohli for a GOLDEN DUCK – before Jonny Bairstow runs out Ajinkya Rahane… but rain ruins the fun at Trent Bridge
- India slumped from 97 without loss to 125 for four as England surged back
- James Anderson took wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in two balls
- Jonny Bairstow then ran out Ajinkya Rahane to shift momentum of first Test
- But rain then stopped play at Trent Bridge with England in the ascendancy
- They’d toiled before lunch until Ollie Robinson claimed wicket of Rohit Sharma
India lost four wickets for a mere 15 runs as England roared back into the second Test at Trent Bridge before rain interrupted the fun.
James Anderson struck twice in two balls to remove Cheteshwar Pujara for four and then India’s captain Virat Kohli for a golden duck.
And the crowd went into further rapture when Jonny Bairstow swooped from point to throw down the stumps and run out Ajinkya Rahane.
It left India wobbling on 125 for four when the heavens opened, having been 97 without loss.
Unexpectedly, the weather could prove a reprieve for the tourists with rain forecast for the remainder of the day as the momentum in the contest suddenly shifted.
A thrilled James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli
Kohli was Anderson’s second wicket in two balls after he got Cheteshwar Pujara just before
Kohli can’t hide his disappointment as he walks off without troubling the scorers
Jonny Bairstow is mobbed by his team-mates after running out Ajinkya Rahane
After a morning session of toil for England’s seam attack, Ollie Robinson picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma, hooking to Sam Curran at backward square leg for a much needed breakthrough.
Nonetheless, reaching lunch on 97 for one with KL Rahul well set, India looked in a strong position to establish a commanding first innings lead after England collapsed miserably to 183 all out on day one.
As the clouds rolled in after the interval, things starting to happen for England. New man Pujara survived a scare on two after leaving a nip-backer from Robinson and watching as it careered back into his front pad.
A review showed the ball just clearing the top of the bails but the let-off was short-lived for India.
Pujara added a couple more runs before a brilliant delivery from Anderson found a hint of movement on an off-stump line to clip the outside edge and carry through to the gloves of Jos Buttler.
England finally made a breakthrough by dismissing Rohit Sharma on the cusp of lunch
Ollie Robinson celebrates the wicket of Rohit after a morning session of much toil for England
England desperately needed that wicket on the stroke of lunch as India piled on the runs
Game on and Anderson delivered another devastating blow with the next ball as Kohli walked in, nipped as he pushed forward and watched in horror as Buttler took the catch.
It was an uncharacteristically lively celebration for the 39-year-old Anderson, who leaped into the air before charging off towards point, but it spoke volumes for his satisfaction at getting the Indian skipper.
There would be no hat-trick but the two wickets energised England. When Rahane made the error of setting off at the non-striker’s end in pursuit of a single that was never on, Bairstow’s reaction claimed a further scalp.
First thing on day two, Joe Root’s side desperately needed early gains with the ball as India resumed on 21 without loss but Rohit and Rahul continued to slowly accumulate.
England wasted their second DRS review of the innings on a lost cause as panic started to creep in.
England’s Ollie Robinson reacts as the seam attack was left frustrated by India’s openers during the second morning of the Trent Bridge Test
Robinson was chosen to partner James Anderson first up ahead of Stuart Broad and bowled well but the decision to pursue his LBW shout against Rohit was baffling.
Rohit was well set on 36 when Robinson’s short ball tempted him into a reckless shot and he picked out the fielder in the deep.
Relief was the overriding emotion but England would strike three more times to completely change the complexion of the match.
Zak Crawley reacts after seeing a run out opportunity go begging during the morning session
James Anderson appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of KL Rahul during the morning session