England continued their domination over India on Day 3 of the second Test at Lord’s cricket ground. After bowling out the visitors to mere 107 on the second day, England piled on the agony and ended up making 357/6 at stumps on the third day.
Despite reducing the hosts to 89/4 in the first session, Indian bowlers couldn’t manage to tighten up the screws. Firstly, wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow added a 42-run stand for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler and then followed it up with a match-changing 189-run partnership with Chris Woakes.
Bairstow scored 93 runs before Dinesh Karthik took a blinder off Hardik Pandya while Woakes registered his maiden Test century off 129 balls.
After Bairstow’s dismissal, Woakes carried on his superb show with the hero of the last match – Sam Curran. The duo forged an unbeaten 37-run stand in rather quick time to dent India’s confidence before the bad light stopped play and the game was eventually called off for the day.
While Woakes remained not out on 120, Curran stayed at the crease on unbeaten 22 as England stretched their lead to 250 runs at stumps on Day 3.
Cricket experts and fans were impressed to see the way Woakes and Bairstow took the game away from Virat Kohli & Co.
Here are some of the tweets:
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) August 11, 2018
Rain will play a big part in this Test match with England already in a commanding position. Lead of 250 on day 3 #ENGvIND
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) August 11, 2018
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) August 11, 2018
Stuffed. Fantastic recovery by Eng after most top order gone. Woakes had point to prove & did it splendidly. India's best hope now is rain
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 11, 2018
— Mark Wood (@MAWood33) August 11, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 11, 2018
Doesn’t make for pretty reading…. #EngvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 11, 2018
Mikey Holding with praise for Jonny Bairstow … quite right too .. outstanding player
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) August 11, 2018
I have not read much about this anywhere but I feel India could have managed Bhuvi better to keep him fit for this all imp series. His presence would have made a huge difference. Can’t afford injuries in a tourwhich comes once in 4 years where his skills would be vital. #EngvInd
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) August 11, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) August 11, 2018
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) August 11, 2018
Just saw the Test score. Incredible stuff from Woakes and Bairstow.
Excellently composed! #ENGvIND
— Annie (@AnnieCricket) August 11, 2018
India's best hope is plenty of rain from here.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) August 11, 2018
Blessing in disguise for India. Only thing that can help India in saving this match is the rain. But a true Cricket fan would want to see result not rain, as it is the better team who wins.#INDvsENG #ENGvIND #Cricket
— Vaibhav Sharma (@AskVaibhav69) August 11, 2018