England vs India, 1st Test, Day 2: 5 Talking Points

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"The first half (of the day), when the game was on and off, it was hard for the batting team to switch on and off".

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) top-scored for the visitors even as the English pacers used the overcast conditions well, with Anderson emerging the wrecker-in-chief to pick 5/20.

Chris Woakes (120 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (93) shared a match-changing stand of 189.

Woakes, back after thigh and knee injuries that have so far blighted his summer, started the carnage after he had Kohli caught on 23 by Jos Buttler at second slip just one ball after the same man had dropped him.

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The hosts will also be without Ben Stokes, who took three wickets on Sunday's fourth and final day at Edgbaston, including the prize scalp of India captain Virat Kohli, because of the Durham all-rounder's ongoing trial for affray in Bristol.

Conditions changed drastically as the sun came out with not a hint of rain around. After a brittle performance last week, India had hoped they had shored up their batting card -Cheteshwar Pujara brought in, KL Rahul's promoted up the order - as it was the pair managed less than 40 minutes at the crease between the two of them.

This second day may have begun in bright sunshine.

After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies.

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Towards the end, tailender Mohammed Shami struck a few lusty blows to guide India to the three-figure mark before fellow quick Ishant Sharma (0) was trapped by Anderson.

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The 20-year-old Ollie Pope impressed on debut but fell for 28 before captain Joe Root, strangely subdued, was lbw to Shami for 19 with the last ball before lunch. But Kuldeep rarely troubled Bairstow, who cover-drove him for four to complete a 76-ball fifty featuring seven boundaries. Surprisingly, Ashwin didn't get to bowl in the first session. There were no reviews left, but England's most important batsman was out plumb anyway as India looked to be coming back into contention.

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