Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107

Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107

Watch day four of the second Test between England and India from 10am, Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.

But this innings was about so much more than just plain numbers, and as Woakes scampered home for the last of the three runs that he needed to bring up his century, you could see just how much it meant to him and his teammates.

For the tourists it seems their only hope of avoiding defeat and going 2-0 down in the five-match series is to perform a rain dance and hope the heavens open.

Credit for the latter should at least partially be assigned to Woakes, he defended well, played strongly on the drive through the offside and looked more than a match for anything India had to offer - as if mild-mannerly showing the world that the nine first class centuries he has for Warwickshire were not acquired by accident.

Virat Kohli's mistake led to Cheteshwar Pujara being run out.

Chris Woakes hit his maiden Test century as England hammered home their advantage over India in the second Test at Lord's.

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On Friday, during the rain-affected day two of the second Test, Arjun, who is now in London for a training session with MCC Young Cricketers, helped out the grand staff at Lord's.

The wicket, which left India 15-3, prompted a downpour so heavy the rest of the players sprinted off the field and overtook a crestfallen Pujara on the boundary rope.

Hosts England lost Keaton Jennings for 11 runs after a quick start, as Mohammed Shami provided the breakthrough for India.

Even Kohli failed to make an impact, scoring just 23 runs. As so often happens they did not have to wait long fir the second wicket, Alastair Cook caught behind for 21 off Ishant Sharma (one for 26) to leave England on 32 for two. He got off the mark with a four and looked composed throughout out his innings of 28 before he was LBW to Hardik Pandya (one for 16).

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman.

Earlier, on the Day 2, English skipper Joe Root opted to bowl after winning the toss and invited India to bat first.

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