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Moeen Ali chipped in with two crucial wickets [Image-Twitter]

Bad light forced an early end to the 4th-day proceedings in the Lord’s Test but not before England broke the back of India to put themselves in a serious position of strength as the visitors ended the day with an overall lead of 154 runs with Rishabh Pant the only recognized batsman left.

India started their second innings on the fourth morning and their first objective was to make sure that they wipe out the 27-run deficit without losing either of their openers.

However, by the time they reached there, both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were back in the hut.

KL Rahul looked uncomfortable against deliveries outside the off-stump and he even perished at the score of 5 when he nicked a good length delivery bowled by Mark Wood to Jos Buttler.

Twitter Reacts As England Take Complete Control Of The 2nd Test As India Lose Six 2nd Innings Wickets
Mark Wood [Image-Twitter]
Mark Wood was really impressive on the fourth day. Not only did the pacer hit the deck and hard to dish out some chin music to Rohit Sharma and the likes but he also pitched it up to constantly challenge the outside edge.

He persisted the short-pitch stuff against Rohit Sharma despite getting pulled for a six and his persistence paid off as the Indian opener once again failed to control the hook shot and ended hitting it straight down deep square leg’s throat.

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Virat Kohli scored 20 in the 2nd innings of the Lord’s test. (Photo: Twitter)

Virat Kohli played some cracking drives during his 30-ball 21 but once again his penchant to poke at deliveries wide of off-stump led to his demise, this time against Sam Curran.

All of a sudden, India were 3/55 with two out-of-form batsmen in Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle.

The next 1.5 sessions saw India’s two senior pros grinding it out in the middle on a benign surface.

Pujara took 35 balls to get off the mark, 100 balls for his first 12 runs and 200 balls for 40 runs and each time he was greeted with thunderous applause from the Lord’s crowd.

Twitter Reacts As England Take Complete Control Of The 2nd Test As India Lose Six 2nd Innings Wickets
Ajinkya Rahane [Image-Twitter]
Ajinkya Rahane looked fidgety at the crease, especially against Moeen Ali. He even got a lucky receive when Jonny Bairstow dropped his catch at point.

However, the Indian vice-captain dug in, did the hard yards and as his innings progressed, out came his signature strokes.

Rahane completed his first 50 since the Chennai Test earlier this year as the partnership crossed the 100-run mark.

Pujara, however, fell five runs short of his 50 thanks to a brute of delivery; one that landed on the back of length kicked off rapidly towards Pujara 

All Pujara could do was awkwardly fend it to Joe Root, who took the easiest of the catches at a widish second slip.

Twitter Reacts As England Take Complete Control Of The 2nd Test As India Lose Six 2nd Innings Wickets
Moeen Ali dismissed both Rahane and Jadeja [Image-Twitter]
The wicket of Pujara opened the floodgates for hosts as Ajinkya Rahane fell to Moeen Ali before Ravindra Jadeja was undone by the off-spinner with a delivery that landed on middle, beat his outside edge before hitting the top of off-stump.

The day was eventually called off due to bad light with India finishing at an overall lead of 154 runs.

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