London: Captain Joe Root from Britain produced a second magnificent century in the course of a week but, after India’s revival, the second test is wonderfully ready late on day three.
As on the Trent Bridge on Saturday last day, Root was imperiously at home, this time batting an unbeatable 180 on Lord’s through a sun-kissed day.
Jonny Bairstow was backed for his first half century test for 2 years, 57 of which were in his hand, while Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler were respectively 27 and 23.
Just as England tried to get a substantial lead from the first two, Ishant Sharma has successively taken Moeen and Sam Curran.
In the closing round of a thrilling, exciting day, the hosts were finally squeezed in for 391 – a benefit of 27.
India’s second innings will now guide the contest, with the tourists batting on a surface that is sluggish and flat, but at times with a low bounce.
England was susceptible in the first test, as India reached 276-3 on the opening day, but battled against them in the two all-time greats on their side – Root and James Anderson.
While Root was left with a practically solitary hand at Trent Bridge, the mid-order support he received in this game benefitted England, but may well portend for the future.
Bairstow has been through a terrible two-year time span, during which he has lost, dropped, remembered, rest and shunted his wicket-keeping gloves.
He saw Nottingham and continued in the first hour, scored easily.
While on this terrain he might get his first 50 in 2019, he was disappointed to have gloved Siraj for the second time in a few weeks..
Buttler glanced out, but felt his way till he was snapped by the gate, whereas Moeen’s reminder was a really good judgement before he slid down at first.
Mark Wood helped England lead, just to get stuck in a combination – root is the only error – while Anderson, the last man, heroically, was struck on a helmet by Jasprit Bumrah when he was on a bowling dam before Mohammed Shami’s clean up.