India fall apart on abysmal day at Lord’s

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India met swing-friendly conditions at Lord’s with indecisive and at times criminal batting that saw them all out for 107 on a day when only 35.2 overs were bowled.

Rain interrupted play several times during the day and for a large portion of the contest it seemed as though the game would advance little due to the weather.

The overhead and pitch conditions heavily favoured England’s veteran swing bowler James Anderson.

Anderson appeared to be on the brink of a wicket with each ball and was well-backed up by fellow swingers Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.

Stuart Broad bowled too short and was comfortably the worst of England’s bowlers while Curran’s 1 for 26 from six overs was not a fair reflection of how well the young man played.

Only Dinesh Karthik’s technique could really be questioned in his dismissal, though Cheteshwar Pujara’s comical run out came at the worst possible time with the players sprinting off immediately afterwards as the rain pelted down.

Murali Vijay (0) was completely undone in the first over of the day which set the tone for the day.

Ravichandran Ashwin (29) and Virat Kohli (23) held off against the onslaught longest but even the best players of pace in the world would have struggled due to the prodigious movement of the ball through the air.

Most of the play took place in the late afternoon when India slid from 15 for 3 to 107 all out and much of it was spent watching the ball fly past Indian bats.

Anderson bagged a well deserved 5 for 20, his 26th Test five-wicket haul, while Chris Woakes marked his return with the scalps of Kohli and Hardik Pandya (11).

The final wicket fell too late in the day for England to begin their response so they will begin their innings on Saturday morning.

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