Bairstow and Woakes put England in strong position

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All in all this was a chastening day for India.

Although bad light ended play early and spared India further punishment, they will need a much-improved batting performance after their first-innings 107 if they are to save this Test.

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.

For much of the day, thanks again to the weather, it looked as though the fans were going to be restricted to just over eight overs of cricket but then the weather cleared in the evening and India must have wished the rain had stuck around.

A rare bit of joy for India during the second session at Lord's as Shami take Jos Buttler's wicket. On the other hand, Chris Woakes reached the triple-digit mark even before Bairstow's dismissal and he also stood strong after his partner's dismissal. The duo put together 189 runs for the sixth wicket before Bairstow missed put on a chance to score a century. Bairstow (62 not out) in particular looking at ease the longer he was out in the middle.

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England are poised to go 2-0 up against India, the world's number one Test side, after Chris Woakes hit a maiden century which has given England a lead of 250 with four wickets in their first innings remaining. Not a great day for Indian bowlers.

With the sun shining it looked like flawless batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match.

Five balls later Jennings´s fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (21) was out as well, caught behind off a superb Sharma delivery from around the wicket that squared him up and seamed away before finding the outside edge.

As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan. The veteran Indian spinner, who is a close friend and former teammate of Arjun's father Sachin Tendulkar, took to Twitter and posted a picture with the budding cricketer.

Pope's wicket left the hosts on 77 for three, with two experience batsmen at the crease in Root and Jonny Bairstow.

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