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England on top in second Test at Lord’s after late flurry of wickets on day four |  Cricket News

Cheteshwar Pujara (45) and Ajinkya Rahane (61) share in century stand for the fourth wicket before Mark Wood bounces out the former and Moeen Ali strikes twice late in the day; India 181-6, leading by 154 at stumps

Last Updated: 15/08/21 6:14pm

Moeen Ali celebrates picking up Ajinkya Rahane, the first of two wickets late on day four for the offspinner

England overcame some obdurate Indian resistance to have the visitors six down – leading by 154 – by stumps on day four of the second Test at Lord’s.

England, with a 27-run advantage overnight, were brilliant in the morning session, picking up the wickets of openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma before India had earned a lead of their own, while Sam Curran claimed key man Virat Kohli just before lunch.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane dug in – literally, as evidenced by a wicketless afternoon session in which the pair reaped just 49 runs – and they continued to inch India towards a safe position in the Test as their partnership ticked up to a ton.

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But, just as the pitch appeared to be dying out, Mark Wood produced a snorter of a delivery, finding sharp bounce to take the glove of Pujara through to Joe Root at second slip, and then Moeen Ali did for Rahane and Ravi Jadeja in quick succession.

Worrying for England is that Wood left the field for the final hour, seemingly with a shoulder problem, after a diving effort in the field, though he did try to return late on before bad light ended play early – India closing on 181-6, the dangerous Rishabh Pant 14 not out.

More to follow…

Watch the fifth and final day of the second Test between England and India at Lord’s from 10.15am, Monday on Sky Sports The Hundred.

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