London: Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes put on 189 runs for the sixth wicket as England defied India’s advances to reach 357 for six when bad light stopped play on day three of the second Test here. At the break, Woakes was unbeaten on 120 while Sam Curran was playing on 22. Bairstow missed his century by seven runs. The century partnership meant the hosts gained a firm footing in the match by taking a 250-run lead.
Post lunch, Bairstow and Jos Buttler (24) took their fifth-wicket partnership to 42 runs. England crossed 100 in the 27th over, even as Mohammed Shami (3-67) and Ishant Sharma (1-66) bowled brilliant spells. Both batsmen played and missed a lot, with Bairstow in particular searching for timing as he played quite a few inside-edges that missed his stumps.
Shami finally got the breakthrough for India as he trapped Buttler plumb lbw in the 32nd over. With a lot of cloud cover, India still had hopes of reversal in the match at that point. But Bairstow-Woakes defied them as the visitors severely missed a third full-time pacer.
India 1st innings 107
England 1st innings
Cook c Karthik b Ishant 21
Jennings lbw b Shami 11
Root lbw b Shami 19
Pope lbw b Pandya 28
Bairstow c Karthik b Pandya 93
Buttler lbw b Shami 24
Woakes not out 120
Curran not out 22
Extras: (b 7, lb 10, nb 1, w 1) 19
Total: (6 wickets in 81 overs) 357
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 9-1-44-0, Pandya 17-0-66-2, Ashwin 17-1-68-0.
Brief scores: India 1st innings 107 vs England 1st innings 357/6 in 81 overs (Bairstow 93, Woakes not out 120; Shami 3/74, Pandya 2/66).
(With inputs from Agencies)