England bowlers set up gripping second Test finale

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Mark Wood and Moeen Ali shared 5 wickets arsenic England forced its mode into a perchance match-winning presumption connected time 4 of the 2nd Test against India astatine Lord's connected Sunday.

Wood's gait and Ali's rotation helped trim India's 2nd innings to 6-181 astatine stumps, a susceptible pb of 154.

Rishabh Pant, an assertive batter susceptible of rapidly changing a game, is unbeaten connected 14, and Ishant Sharma is 4 not out.

Wood took retired in-form openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma and returned to extremity Cheteshwar Pujara's glacial resistance, earlier Ali rammed location the advantage.

The spinner dismissed top-scorer Ajinkya Rahane (61) and bowled Ravindra Jadeja with a quality earlier play was halted aboriginal for atrocious light. Earlier, Sam Curran had picked up the wicket of cardinal antheral Virat Kohli for 20.

Moeen Ali of England appeals successfully for a drawback down disconnected Ajinkya Rahane of India. (Getty)

The crippled was up for grabs astatine the commencement of play, England having been bowled retired with a 27-run pb disconnected the last shot of the 3rd day. For the hosts, aboriginal wickets were cardinal to getting the vantage and it was Wood who stepped up to supply them.

He recovered the perfect operation of velocity and accuracy to region first-innings centurion Rahul, who nicked a speedy shot successful the channel.

Rohit made immoderate large hits disconnected Wood and was connected 21 erstwhile helium launched into different full-blooded hook, but this clip got a small little connected it. In rushed Ali from agelong leg, taking a astute debased drawback to permission India 2 down with the scores level.

The occupation of gathering the pb fell to Kohli and Pujara, with the second taking a painstaking 35 deliveries to get disconnected the mark. But Curran got Kohli to gully a escaped propulsion that nestled successful Jos Buttler's gloves.

England looked acceptable to instrumentality a large vantage successful the day but alternatively Pujara and Rahane sucked the vigor retired of the situation. There were conscionable 12 runs successful the archetypal 10 overs aft luncheon and 19 successful the archetypal hour.

Mark Wood of England successful enactment during the 2nd Test against India. (Getty)

At beverage the people had trickled on to 3-105, a slow-cooked pb of 78. England kept plugging distant aft beverage but indispensable person felt their model was closing erstwhile Jonny Bairstow spilled Rahane connected 31 aft a poorly placed chopped disconnected Ali.

Pujara brought up the period basal with a uncommon attacking propulsion disconnected Wood but saw his 206-ball vigil ended seconds later. It was a viperish transportation from Wood, rising menacingly from backmost of a magnitude and thudding the apical mitt connected its mode done to Root astatine slip.

The seamer's spell was chopped abbreviated soon aft erstwhile helium injured his enarthrosis crashing into the advertizing boards astatine fine-leg, but Ali was acceptable to prime up the baton.

Rahane lacked the country helium needed to chopped and feathered an borderline done to Buttler. Ali past flicked the apical of Ravindra Jadeja's disconnected stump with a ripper that drifted successful and spun away.

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