James Anderson, who took five wickets at Lord’s for the 7th time in his Test career, described the field as special. The England fast bowler said his best performance came from the historic grounds of the Lords. Based on Anderson’s excellent bowling, England put together India’s first innings for 364 runs. The English team took India’s last seven wickets for just 88 runs. Anderson took wickets of some of the toughest batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
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Anderson, who made his Test debut in a five-match series against Zimbabwe at Lord’s 18 years ago, took five or more wickets in an innings for the 31st time in his career. Anderson, who was playing his 164th Test, told the press after the second day’s play, ‘There is something special at Lord’s, it’s definitely me. I would love to play here. Looks like I’ll do my best here. England bowled first after winning the toss, although it was a cloud, the first wicket had to wait until the 44th over. On the first day, Anderson gave England the first breakthrough by dismissing Rohit Sharma (83) and then sending Cheteshwar Pujara (9) to the pavilion.
On the second day, Anderson ended his innings with Ajinkya Rahane (1), Ishant Sharma (8) and Jaspreet Bumrah (0), after India were bowled out for 276 in their first innings. Anderson took five or more wickets in the innings for the fourth time against India at Lord’s. He is the oldest fast bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings at Lord’s since 1951.
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Anderson has stepped up at the age of 39 but the veteran pacer expressed his hopes of getting the chance to play once again on his “favorite field.” He said, ‘Whenever I play here on the last few occasions, have you ever thought that I was playing here last time? I hope I didn’t play here last time or write my name on the tribute board for the last time. England’s batting was not off to a good start and the team lost 23 wickets in 15 overs, losing Dominic Sibley (11) and returning Haseeb Hamid (0). However, skipper Joe Root scored an unbeaten 48, and at the end of the day, the team’s score was 119 for three. Root added 85 for the third wicket with opener Rory Burns (49).