Anderson strikes before rain returns

10 August 2018 08:14:35 EST

Pace ace James Anderson struck two quickfire blows as England and India finally took to the field on the morning of day two of the second Test at Lord's.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast and damp conditions, taking two wickets inside seven overs before rain forced the teams back into the dressing rooms and signalled an early lunch.

We've got to up for the battle, ready to do the dirty work.

Virat Kohli

England handed a debut to Surrey middle-order batsman Ollie Pope, while Chris Woakes was preferred to Moeen Ali as the replacement for the absent Ben Stokes.

The tourists also showed two changes, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Kuldeep Yadav taking the places of Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav.

Anderson struck inside the first over as a perfect outswinger knocked back the off stump of Murali Vijay, who departed without troubling the scorers.

KL Rahul, moved up to open in the absence of Dhawan, fell in the seventh over, edging Anderson straight through to Jonny Bairstow after making eight.

When rain arrived again, both Pujara and Virat Kohli were unbeaten on one, with India 11-2, with Anderson having taken 2-6 from 3.3 overs.

England are now 1/750 to win the second Test, with the draw priced at 33/1, while Kohli is available at 1/1 to be the next batsman dismissed.

India skipper Kohli had said after the toss that he would have chosen to bat first too, while challenging his batsmen to dig in in what looked to be tricky conditions.

He told Sky Sports: "We would have bowled first. The wicket looks good - it's a hard pitch, it's very dry. Everyone is going to be in the game.

"The guys are feeling confident; it's just about getting the mental aspect right. We've got to up for the battle, ready to do the dirty work."

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