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James Anderson offers another reminder of his enduring class with two wickets at Lord’s

James Anderson offers another reminder of his enduring class by dismissing Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara as England finally cut through against India at Lord’s

  • India reach tea on 157 for two with James Anderson taking two wickets
  • Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put on 126 for the first wicket at Lord’s
  • But it was 39-year-old Anderson who bowled Rohit to make the breakthrough
  • He followed that up when Pujara, on nine, edged to Jonny Bairstow in the slips 

James Anderson reminded us yet again of his enduring class by taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara as England finally made inroads at Lord’s.

India remained the happier side at tea on 157 for two but the 39-year-old seamer’s breakthroughs kept England in the game and made a mockery of pre-match injury concerns.

Anderson was struggling with a tight quad but ultimately made the team as the second Test got underway and duly delivered as he so often does.

James Anderson offered another reminder of his enduring class with two crucial wickets

Indian opener Rohit Sharma is bowled by Anderson as England finally broke through

Indian opener Rohit Sharma is bowled by Anderson as England finally broke through

And after Rohit and KL Rahul put on an excellent opening stand of 126, England finally cut through just after lunch.

Rohit was on a fine 83 when Anderson nipped a ball past his inside edge and bowled him via a deflection off the back leg.

There was no arguing with that but Rohit, who’d initially bided his time before going after Sam Curran and gradually England’s other seamers, looked gutted not to reach a century.

Pujara looked unconvincing for his nine and never settled as he fended nervously outside off-stump before edging Anderson to Jonny Bairstow at second slip.

39-year-old Anderson was at the centre of things as he so often is as England fought back

39-year-old Anderson was at the centre of things as he so often is as England fought back

Anderson hugs Jonny Bairstow after he took the slip catch to remove Cheteshwar Pujara

Anderson hugs Jonny Bairstow after he took the slip catch to remove Cheteshwar Pujara 

With Mark Wood touching 96mph and Anderson with his tail up as India captain Virat Kohli walked out to the middle, the evening session promised theatre.

But Rahul remains well set on 55, a measured accumulation taking into account the gloomy overhead conditions.  

England’s seamers had failed to make any inroads in the morning session despite favourable conditions. 

Joe Root won the toss and elected to field under heavy cloud in London but James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran couldn’t capitalise as India reached lunch without too many alarms.  

James Anderson reacts as England toiled away in search of a breakthrough against India

James Anderson reacts as England toiled away in search of a breakthrough against India 

Rohit Sharma plays a shot to the boundary as India's openers made a strong start to the Test

Rohit Sharma plays a shot to the boundary as India’s openers made a strong start to the Test

India's openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma steered India through a rain-interrupted session

India’s openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma steered India through a rain-interrupted session

The morning session was interrupted by rain showers in London at the start of the Test

The morning session was interrupted by rain showers in London at the start of the Test

England had made three changes from the first Test draw at Trent Bridge, with Haseeb Hameed returning to the team for the first time since November 2016 in place of the out-of-sorts Zak Crawley. 

With Stuart Broad set to miss the remainder of the five-Test series with a torn calf, Mark Wood came in and Moeen Ali replaced Dan Lawrence.  

After the fifth day wash-out in Nottingham, there was optimism the weather would be set fair for this match but morning showers delayed the 10.30am toss. 

Sam Curran reacts to a near miss while bowling during the morning session of the first day

Sam Curran reacts to a near miss while bowling during the morning session of the first day

Anderson appeals in vain for a wicket after Joe Root had won the toss and opted to bowl first

Anderson appeals in vain for a wicket after Joe Root had won the toss and opted to bowl first

But the new ball didn’t do as much as Root would have hoped with the sum total of the peril from Anderson and Robinson’s opening spells just a couple of muted LBW appeals.

Anderson swapped ends after his initial four-over spell but to little discernible benefit as India’s opening pair settled in.

India were happy to score slowly but Rohit did decide to take on Curran. His first three overs went for only six runs but his fourth was torn apart for four boundaries.

Rain forced the players off in the 19th over and, typically, lunch had already been called as the rain abated and the covers removed again.

Haseeb Hameed returned to the England side as one of three changes for the second Test

Haseeb Hameed returned to the England side as one of three changes for the second Test

The India and England teams line up for the national anthems ahead of the second Test

The India and England teams line up for the national anthems ahead of the second Test 



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