Mohammed Shami removed England captain Joe Root as India fought back with the ball on the third day of the second Test at Lord’s on Saturday.
At lunch, England had collapsed to 89 for four—still 18 runs behind India’s lowly first-innings 107 all out.
Root was dismissed of what became the last ball of the session, lbw for 19 to a Shami off-cutter that came back sharply and kept low.
Shami had taken two wickets for 27 runs in 8.4 overs at lunch.
Jonny Bairstow was four not out, with England 1-0 up in this five-match series after a 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.
Play resumed with England yet to start their innings.
India, following Thursday’s total washout, had batted under overcast skies and on a green-tinged pitch in an innings that lasted a mere 35.2 overs.
James Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, took full advantage of the swing-friendly conditions with a return of five for 20. By contrast, Saturday’s play started under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen. But England’s batting has often proved fallible recently.—AFP