India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain stops play, India reeling at 11/2

Virat Kohli walks from the dressing room to the pitch.  AFP

Virat Kohli walks from the dressing room to the pitch. AFP

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James Anderson took five wickets as India were bowled out for just 107 come the close of the second day of the second Test against England at Lord´s on Friday.

India, who lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs, face a huge task to save the match but could have weather on their side with rain predicted to hit London on Sunday.

Woakes scored an unbeaten 120 in tricky conditions as England batted through a slightly abbreviated day to finish at 357 for six, while Jonny Bairstow contributed 93 to a record sixth-wicket partnership of 199 for England against India. By contrast, Saturday " s play started under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen.

Dropped slip catches proved a problem for England at Edgbaston, with Kohli missed twice en route to 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

In 17 Tests since Joe Root became captain, England have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times.

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Anderson´s haul left England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker just one shy of becoming the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord´s.

Joe Root (19) had battled through a hard spell when he first came to the crease and was set to be rewarded with more favourable conditions in the afternoon, only to be undone by Shami with a ball that nipped back and stayed low in the final over of the morning.

But a promising innings of 28 ended when Pope was lbw to all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

On the stroke of lunch, the impressive Shami picked up his second wicket with a ball that kept low and cannoned into Root's pads.

It was Shami - once again - that prevented further damage as he took advantage of Buttler's tendency to walk across his stumps to pick up another LBW. But Bairstow, as he's often done before, held firm while attacking the loose ball.

It was not certain that Woakes would play this Test. England decided on the second morning to select him over off-spinner Moeen Ali, with Ben Stokes on trial for affray.

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