Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anderson Closes in on Milestone

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anderson Closes in on Milestone

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JAMES Anderson needs just one more wicket to become the first to reach 100 at Lord's after England piled on the pressure in the rain-ravaged second Specsavers Test.

Following a first-day washout, only 35.2 overs were possible between downpours on the second.

But that was still enough for Anderson (five for 20) to dismiss both India openers, for a collector's-item comedy mix-up with Virat Kohli to bring Cheteshwar Pujara's run-out and then the returning Chris Woakes to see off the captain as the tourists stumbled to 107 all out.

It was stop-start for England between increasingly heavy showers, but their pace attack nonetheless made up for lost time to give them prospects of pushing for a 2-0 series lead.

Joe Root unsurprisingly chose to bowl on a cloudy morning - and it took England's all-time leading wicket-taker until only the fifth ball of the match to answer the call.

Anderson made short work of a scoreless Murali Vijay, who pushed towards mid-on only to lose his off-bail to a perfect outswinger back up the slope.

Then in his fourth over he was at it again - KL Rahul his second victim, edging behind on the forward-defence to one that just held its impeccable line.

Rain permitted only 6.3 overs before lunch, and there were to be only 12 more deliveries until an unlikely evening resumption.

Just before the players had to scarper from the elements a second time, in midafternoon, Pujara's return here in place of the dropped Shikhar Dhawan came to very little.

Kohli had already turned down one longlooking single into the leg-side, with Pujara facing Anderson; then after initially answering the call for a sharper one to point, he had a rethink, swiftly retreated and left his partner stranded as debutant Ollie Pope ferried the ball in to lift the bails.

Within seconds, Kohli and England's fielders were running off after the dejected Pujara. …

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