Chris Woakes scores maiden Test century, helps England take lead of 250 runs in 2nd Test against India


England finished the day three of the second Test match at Lord’s against India for 357 for six in reply to India’s first innings 107, a lead of 250 runs, when bad light forced an early close.

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Chris Woakes scored a magnificent maiden century as he remained not out at 120 not out. Together with Jonny Bairstow, who was out for 93, Woakes shared a partnership of 189, an England sixth-wicket record in Test matches against India, surpassing the 171 put on by Ian Botham and Bob Taylor at Bombay (Mumbai) in 1980.

Sam Curran was 22 not out. England had collapsed to 98 for four at lunch, with India paceman Mohammad Shami doing the bulk of the damage on his way to stumps figures of three for 74 in 19 overs. Former England captain Maichael Vaughan praised Woakes for his maiden century. He tweeted, “One of the great guys … I don’t know anyone in the world of Cricket who will not be delighted @chriswoakes has a Test Ton at Lords.”

This came as a huge disappointment as India were bowled out for 107 on the second day of the match. This was after Jimmy Anderson took his 26th 5-wicket haul to inflict pain on the Indian team.

India has already lost the first Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham and are currently trailing 0-1 in the 5-Test series.


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