Woakes, Bairstow add to agony
RESCUE ACT Duo stitches 189run stand for sixth wicket to hand hosts a decisive advantage after India bowlers flounder
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.