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12 August 2018, 07:57 | Charlene Valdez
Cheteshwar Pujara has come into the India side for the second England Test
According to the images of the team-sheet circulating on social media, England are set to replace Ben Stokes with Chris Woakes as the Rajasthan Royals all-rounder misses out due to his ongoing affray trail. He raced to his first Test century and at stumps was 120 not out.
Only the rain, which has washed out at least a day and a half, has had more impact on this Test than Woakes, and it's still a close run thing.
After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies. That meant England were on 137 for five, already 22 runs ahead of India's first-innings total of 107.
Even Kohli failed to make an impact, scoring just 23 runs.
Bairstow hit eight boundaries and scored freely to keep the pressure on the India bowlers and Woakes also struck eight fours following his two wicketson Friday.
Bad light has forced the umpires to call off the play for the day.
For the tourists it seems their only hope of avoiding defeat and going 2-0 down in the five-match series is to perform a rain dance and hope the heavens open.
With the sun shining it looked like ideal batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match.
English openers, Alistair Cook and Keyton Jennings, looked in good touch but thanks to some good bowling by Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami both the openers were dismissed within a span of 5 balls.
As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.
Pope made a promising 28 before he was lbw to Pandya.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman.
The second session will be vital with India still looking to get early wickets to keep England's first-innings lead to a minimum.
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