England v India: Rory Burns falls late to verify hosts’ fightback

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India 364: Rahul 129, Rohit 83, Anderson 5-62
England 119-3: Burns 49, root 48 *
England Trail with 245 runs
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England’s spirited fight in the second Test against India was checked by the loss of Rory Burns late on day two.

Burns was with Mohammed Shami lbw for 49 minutes, 20 minutes before the end in the increasing darkness at Lord’s.

Captain Joe Root stayed at 48 and Jonny Bairstow at six as England hit 119-3, 245 behind.

Burns and Root had added 84 for the third wicket and stabilized England after losing two wickets in two balls, including Haseeb Hameed for a golden duck.

Hameed played his first test in five years and was thrown with the first ball by Mohammed Siraj and went into stunned silence.

James Anderson previously returned at 5:62 and led an excellent recovery from the English bowling attack.

India lost their last seven wickets for 88 runs on Friday and was booed out for 364.

England are improving to leave test ready

England had a disappointing opening day, subpar bowling performance and a great undefeated century with KL Rahul helping India to 276-3 after being asked to beat on test conditions.

However, there was an almost instant signal that Roots’ side would do better on day two when Rahul took cover for Ollie Robinson’s second ball of the day.

The improvement was developed by the two top acts on the English team – Root, the leading batsman, and Anderson, the timeless maestro of a fast bowler.

It could have been even better. Two catches and three opportunities to exercise were missed while trying to move through the lower order of India. Realistically, however, none was too expensive in terms of the runs.

Given the way they are in the first test drawn, In addition to the premonition after the double strike from Siraj, England’s final position is more satisfactory than 24 hours before.

They lag far behind, but on a slow, real game there can be tentative optimism that they can fight for parity.

England is rebuilding after Hameed disappointment

England could have imploded after losing two wickets in the first run after tee, especially given the crushingly disappointing way Hameed was blown away.

After Sibley was briefly caught in the middle of the wicket for the second time in the series – the nature of the sacking must cast doubt on his future on the team – Hameed came to the archway for the first time in Tests since playing three games as an A. had 19 years old in 2016.

However, he downplayed the completely wrong line and missed a straight ball from Siraj that destroyed the mid and minor stumps and made Lord’s disbelief gasp.

It was left to Burns and Root to hold their own against relentless bowling in India. Burns was close to the second slip before scoring a goal, while Root survived two LBW reviews in as many Siraj overs.

From a position where the scoreboard had barely advanced, the runs began to flow slowly – at one point Burns and Root shared six foursome in a ten-ball period.

They looked like they were reaching the end, only Burns was about an lbw to one that Shami could move down the slope, giving Bairstow a difficult floodlit investigation.

The timeless Anderson shows the way

Anderson was questionable for that game with a quad injury but after being fit he was the leading ray of hope of England’s subpar first day.

He returned Friday to take his 31st five-wicket move in Test cricket. At 39 years and 14 days, he is the oldest pace bowler to claim five in a test innings since 1951.

After Rahul fell on Robinson’s Loosener, Anderson struck with his first ball of the day and found the perfect channel to pull Ajinkya Rahane into a cross.

“The dream start for England” – Anderson wins the second wicket of the day

Although Rishabh Pant briefly shone for 37 and Ravindra Jadeja fought for 40, England never allowed India to score freely.

Mark Wood had Pant behind him and Moeen Ali tricked Shami into chipping to mid-wicket before Anderson ended a chaotic partnership between Jadeja and Ishant Sharma with Ishant lbw.

Jasprit Bumrah passed one who was moving up the slope to give Anderson his fifth, and Jadeja skied Wood to be the last to fall.

Burns Wickets a “big dynamic shift” – what they said

English bowler James Anderson on Sky Sports: “India are probably ahead of the game at the moment, but if we get some big partnerships and some great results from a batsman or two tomorrow that will bring us right back into the game.

“We can get close, if not past them. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us.”

Former English captain Michael Vaughan in the BBC Test Match Special: “I would still want to be India’s dressing room, but if you said at the beginning of the day that England was going to beat you up for 360-odd, I would have bitten your hand off.

“Rory Burns falling on Mohammed Shami Wicket feels like a big momentum shift.”

Former English weirdo Phil Tufnell: “An all-around fighting day for England. But they are still in the game. India looks a little tired.”