LONDON (AP) — James Anderson ran out of Indian batsmen to dismiss as he sought to become the first bowler to take 100 test wickets at Lord’s on Friday.
England’s leading wicket-taker lifted his tally at ‘the home of cricket’ to 99 by claiming five victims as India was skittled out for 107 on Day 2 of the second test.
Rain prevented play on Thursday and more showers allowed only 8.3 overs before the first prolonged passage of action began shortly after 5 p.m.
India was already 15-3 at that point, mainly thanks to Anderson.
The 36-year-old paceman quickly justified Joe Root’s decision to put India in to bat as clouds gathered in northwest London, taking five balls to bowl Murali Vijay (0) with a late away swinger and then inducing an edge from Lokesh Rahul (8).
“I’d have been so disappointed if I’d messed up today because they were the ideal conditions to bowl in,” Anderson said.
When play briefly resumed after lunch, India gave England some assistance as the recalled Cheteshwar Pujara (1) was run out following a mix-up with captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli had single-handedly made the first test at Edgbaston competitive, his 200 runs failing to save India as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, but he couldn’t repeat his heroics on a green wicket at Lord’s.
Chris Woakes — replacing Ben Stokes who is in court in Bristol on a charge of affray — had Kohli dropped at slip by Jos Buttler, before the same fielder redeemed himself the next ball as he caught the Indian skipper for 23.
A bizarre repeat occurred minutes later when Buttler dropped Hardik Pandya (11) much to Woakes’s frustration, but once more took an immediate chance to atone for his error, leaving India 61-5.
Sam Curran bowled Dinesh Karthik (1) with a looping inswinger, before Anderson returned to finish the job he’d begun.
First went Ajinkya Rahane (18), who looked the most accomplished of the batsmen before edging to Alastair Cook at slip.
“You cannot be too harsh on yourself when you get conditions like this,” Rahane said. “Anderson, he was really good. He bowled in the right areas.”
Kuldeep Yadav, recalled for his left-arm spin bowling, soon followed for a duck, before Stuart Broad interrupted the Anderson show by removing the counter-attacking Ravichandran Ashwin, who top-scored with 29.
With the day’s play coming to an end, Anderson trapped Ishant Sharma lbw for a duck to claim a sixth Lord’s five-wicket-haul and finish with figures of 5-20.
“We hardly bowled any bad balls, didn’t give them much to hit at all,” Anderson said. “When you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are around the world, it is difficult.”
With an improved weather forecast for Saturday, England will have better conditions to attempt to build a big lead.
Batting at No. 4 will be 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is making his debut after replacing Dawid Malan.