England vs India, 2nd Test Day 2: Root shines after Anderson leads hosts' fightback with a five-for at Lord's

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Opener
Rory
Burns

who
was
under
scanner
due
to
his
consistently
poor
show
with
the
bat

batted
valiantly
but
the
left-handed
batsman
was
slightly
unlucky
to
fell
just
one
short
of
a
well-deserved
fifty.
He
was
trapped
plumb
in
front
by
senior
India
quick
Mohammed
Shami.
The
batsman
reviewed
it
unsuccessfully
and
wasted
a
DRS
as
well.
Burns
was
the
third
English
wicket
to
perish
after
he
shared
a
stand
of
85-runs
with
his
skipper
Root,
who
seems
head
and
shoulders
above
the
rest
of
the
English
batters
in
the
side.

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Earlier
in
the
innings,
England
lost
the
first
two
wickets
for
23
when
young
India
pacer
Mohammed
Siraj
dismissed
opener
Dominic
Sibley
and
comeback
man
Haseeb
Hameed
off
successive
deliveries
and
pushed
the
hosts
on
the
backfoot.
Sibley
was
dismissed
for
11
in
a
similar
fashion
as
the
first
Test
in
Trent
Bridge.
While
Hameed
was
clean
bowled
on
the
first
ball.

Earlier
in
the
day,
led
by
their
biggest
match-winner
James
Anderson
(5-62),
England
restricted
India
to
364
in
their
first
essay.

Some
excellent
work
with
the
ball
allowed
England
to
begin
their
reply
in
the
morning
session
on
day
two
of
the
second
Test,
despite
India
having
resumed
on
276-3.

KL
Rahul
was
gone
early,
adding
just
two
as
he
departed
for
129,
and
only
Rishabh
Pant
(37)
and
Ravindra
Jadeja
(40)
offered
any
serious
resistance
thereafter
as
the
tourists
could
only
muster
364.
They
could
only
add
88
runs
for
the
next
seven
wickets
and
England
made
a
stunning
comeback
on
the
second
day.

With
the
bat,
it
was
once
again
Root
who
ensured
England
remained
in
contention
at
the
end
of
a
promising
day,
despite
Siraj’s
spell.
India
had
quickly
set
about
undoing
their
hard
work
on
Thursday
as
the
long-awaited
wicket
of
Rahul
went
to
Ollie
Robinson
from
the
second
ball
before
Ajinkya
Rahane
then
followed
to
Anderson
in
the
next
over.

The
tourists
did
then
threaten
to
build
a
third
big
partnership
until
another
timely
intervention
when
Pant
paid
for
his
aggressive
approach,
swiping
at
a
Mark
Wood
delivery
that
carried
into
Jos
Buttler’s
gloves

again,
one
became
two,
with
Mohammed
Shami’s
jaunt
to
the
crease
a
brief
one.

It
fell
to
Anderson
to
wrap
up
the
innings,
trapping
Ishant
Sharma
lbw,
earning
a
nick
behind
off
Jasprit
Bumrah’s
glove
to
complete
his
five-for
and
then
getting
underneath
a
wild
Jadeja
swing
off
the
bowling
of
Wood.

England
started
steadily
enough
in
reply,
only
to
have
Sibley
pick
out
Rahul
at
short
mid-wicket
soon
after
tea.

The
recalled
Hameed
departed
quickly
to
a
straight
one
to
bring
out
Root,
who
teased
two
wasted
reviews
out
of
opposite
number
Virat
Kohli
before
settling
in
to
put
on
an
84-run
partnership
with
Burns

a
stand
that
was
eventually
broken
when
the
opener
went
lbw.

Anderson
was
supposed
to
be
injured,
of
course,
but
did
not
show
it
in
a
typically
influential
outing.
His
31st
five-for
was
his
seventh
at
Lord’s,
tying
Trent
Bridge
for
his
favourite
ground
in
this
sense.

And,
at
39
years
and
14
days,
Anderson
became
the
oldest
pace
bowler
to
take
five
wickets
in
a
Test
innings
since
1951.
Only
New
Zealand
legend
Richard
Hadlee,
against
England
in
July
1990,
had
also
taken
five
at
the
age
of
39
in
the
intervening
period.

With
48
here,
Root
moves
ahead
of
Gooch
(8,900)
and
now
trails
only
Alastair
Cook
(12,472).
The
England
captain
has
scored
1,000
or
more
runs
against
five
Test
nations,
but
India
(2,011)
tops
the
list
of
opponents.

This
track
record
clearly
played
on
Kohli’s
mind
in
the
final
session
as
he
twice
reviewed
for
lbw
when
on
both
occasions
he
might
have
held
fire
against
another
player
in
the
England
side.

(With
inputs
from
agencies)

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