Woakes, Bairstow add to agony

RES­CUE ACT Duo stitches 189­run stand for sixth wicket to hand hosts a de­ci­sive ad­van­tage af­ter In­dia bowlers floun­der

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX -

Drawn C Woakes bat­ting S Cur­ran bat­ting Ex­tras (b 7, lb 10, nb 1, w 1) To­tal (6 wick­ets; 81 overs) FOW: 1-28, 2-32, 3-77, 4-89, 5-131, 6-320

Bowl­ing: Ishant 19-3-88-1, Shami 19-4-74-3, Kuldeep 9-144-0, Pandya 17-0-66-2, Ash­win 17-1-68-0 glar­ing. Shami and Ishant Sharma made early in­roads, but In­dia missed Umesh’s skiddy pace on a slow pitch.

Kuldeep was un­der­stand­ably ner­vous, es­pe­cially on a slop­ing ground where ex­pe­ri­ence is vi­tal. Be­sides, R Ash­win, who struck in the ninth over in Edg­bas­ton, was not brought on un­til the 39th.

As the ball grew old, Bairstow and Woakes were un­stop­pable. The run rate was al­ways over four. Woakes got to the cen­tury be­fore Hardik Pandya re­moved a tired Bairstow for 93, Di­nesh Karthik tak­ing a div­ing catch to his right. By then, In­dia’s fight­back had fiz­zled out.

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