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11 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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India face early batting collapse

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India face early batting collapse
India’s Murali Vijay (R) looks back at the stumps after being bowled out by England’s James Anderson (L) for 0 runs on the second day of the second Test match at Lord's Cricket Ground in London yesterday. AFP PHOTO

AFP, LONDON: India collapsed to 15 for three either side of two rain breaks on the second day of the second Test against England at Lord's on Friday, reports AFP.

James Anderson took two wickets for five runs in 15 balls in the 30 minutes' play possible before lunch to leave India 11 for two at the interval.

Only 12 balls were possible in the second session before a fresh deluge halted play.

But the 12th of those saw Cheteshwar Pujara run out for one following a dreadful mix-up with India captain Virat Kohli, who was three not out.

After rain washed out Thursday's first day without a ball bowled, England captain Joe Root decided to field when he won the toss.

A combination of overcast skies and a green-tinged pitch made conditions favourable for England's pacemen.

They were ideal for swing specialist Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, who started this match needing just six more wickets to become the first bowler to take 100 wickets in Tests at Lord's.

It took the 36-year-old just five balls to move nearer that landmark when, in the first over of the day, he bowled Murali Vijay for a duck with a superb outswinger that left India nought for one.

And India were 10 for two when KL Rahul, India's other opener, was caught behind off Anderson for eight.

Two balls later, rain stopped play.

The last thing India needed when the match resumed in what were still difficult batting conditions, was to donate a wicket to England.

Yet that was what happened. Pujara pushed Anderson towards point and set off for a single. Kohli responded to his call and came down the pitch, only to change his mind and retreat with Pujara committed to the run.

England debutant Ollie Pope kept his composure, however, the 20-year-old Surrey batsman sprinting in from point to remove the bails at the batsman's end, rather than having a wild shy at the stumps.

No sooner had Pujara been dismissed, then there was a fresh downpour at 1:50pm local time (1250 GMT).

England lead this five-match series 1-0 after a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

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