Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107

Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107

Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107

Earlier this week, the left-arm pacer was seen bowling to Indian batsmen like Murali Vijay and skipper Virat Kohli in the nets under the watchful eyes of Team India head coach Ravi Shastri.

James Anderson took five wickets in ideal swing bowling conditions after rain prevented play on Thursday (Friday NZ time) and more showers allowed only 8.3 overs before the first prolonged passage of play began shortly after 5pm local time.

In the 6.3 overs possible it was Anderson, swinging the new ball with nearly absurd ease, who struck twice. As per the latest reports, England is two down for 37 runs as Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav sent Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings back to the pavilion.

Pujara was left stranded, albeit he tried making it to the non-striker's end, only to find that Kohli had backtracked and made the crease safely.

After a rain delay, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and a downpour followed immediately. With the partnership appearing to take the game away from India, Hardik struck at a vital juncture in the game trapping Pope (28) plumb in front.

According to the images of the team-sheet circulating on social media, England are set to replace Ben Stokes with Chris Woakes as the Rajasthan Royals all-rounder misses out due to his ongoing affray trail. It was worth the wait, though, as Root's men took control of this stop-start Test.

Even Kohli failed to make an impact, scoring just 23 runs.

India then managed to get the big fish Joe Root at the stroke of Lunch as a delivery bowled at a short of a length hurried onto the batsman and kept a touch low at the same time to rap him on the pad.

Rahane, Karthik (wk), Pandya, Ashwin, Kuldeep, Shami, Sharma.

Anderson's new ball partner Stuart Broad then joined the party with the wicket of Ashwin, who looked good during his 38-ball stay, that also included four courageous hits to the fence.

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