Wood and Curran put England in box seat against India in second Test

Filed on August 15, 2021
England's Mark Wood (right) celebrates after taking the wicket of India's Rohit Sharma for 21 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's. — AFP

India lost both their in-form openers to Wood by the time they erased their 27-run deficit

Mark Wood struck twice in two overs and Sam Curran claimed the prize wicket of India captain Virat Kohli to put England in the box seat on day four of the second test at Lord’s on Sunday.

India lost both their in-form openers to Wood by the time they erased their 27-run deficit and were reeling at 56-3 at lunch with a massive rebuilding job ahead of them.

Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on three at the break, having needed 35 balls to get off the mark.

Ajinkya Rahane was on one and there possibly cannot be a better time for the India vice-captain to rediscover his form.

Wood jolted India early with clever change of length to dismiss KL Rahul for five.

Rahul, who scored 84, 26 and 129 in his last three innings, could only edge the express delivery to be caught behind.

Wood’s next over turned out to be an eventful one that ended with Rohit Sharma being dismissed for 21.

Rohit dragged a chest-high ball from outside the off-stump and pulled it for an audacious six, but Wood had the last laugh in this duel.

The last ball of that over was a similar one and this time Rohit could not middle the ball and Moeen Ali took a tumbling catch at deep square leg.

His team needed Kohli to lead by example, just like his opposite number Joe Root, whose unbeaten 180 was the bedrock of England’s first innings total of 391.

The India captain played a couple of gorgeous drives but Curran angled one away and Kohli could only guide it to Jos Buttler behind the stumps to depart for 20 with his team in disarray.

The rain-marred opening match of the five-test series had ended in a draw in Nottingham.

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