LONDON (AP) – Jimmy Anderson dragged England back into Test 2 against India by taking two wickets in an inspired evening spell to lead Virat Kohli to the fold with tea at Lord’s on Thursday.
India was 157-2 on Day 1 after Rohit Sharma (83) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) fell to enduring wicket catcher England, who is 2-28 in their 14 overs.
Rohit was on his way to his eighth century of testing and a place on the Honor Boards at the cricket house when Anderson got one to cut the seam and go through the right-handed opener door to hit the top of the stumps.
That ended Anderson’s 126-run, 21-ball starting partnership. India later lost to Pujara, who knocked off a 39-year-old running back attacker and outscored Jonny Bairstow on the third slip.
Kohli hadn’t gone off the mark after two deliveries when he went for tea with KL Rahul, who seemed increasingly settled on a 55 of 143 balls.
Anderson, who declared himself fit after pulling out of a net session Wednesday due to a tight quadriceps muscle, passed 623 testing grounds, consolidating himself at third place on the all-time list.
England won the toss and chose to pitch first on a morning of changeable weather at the cricket house. The morning rains meant the start of the game was delayed 30 minutes before a combination of sunny and cloudy conditions proved extremely helpful for the sewing bowlers. Lunch was also taken early due to a short shower.
Rohit played brilliantly by scoring his highest in testing outside of India, hitting 11 fours and a high-edged hook for 6.
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