England beat India by an innings and 159 runs

England’s Jos Buttler celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Virat Kohli

England’s Jos Buttler celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Virat Kohli

A quick word from Bairstow helped Woakes to compose himself and a pull shot over mid-wicket for three took him to the landmark off just 129 balls.

India, dismissed for 107 in their first innings, had needed 289 runs to make England bat again after the home side declared its first innings at 7-396 with Chris Woakes unbeaten on 137.

This, in the form of the sublime bowling of the master craftsman in Jimmy Anderson and an all-round performance of considerable substance from Stokes replacement in Chris Woakes, was the flawless antidote to Bristol.

Sam Curran struck 22 not out from 24 balls as England chose to continue batting despite Sunday's forecast predicting rain.

It wasn't a great test for India captain Virat Kohli.

And a thumping victory by an innings and 159 runs that leaves England two up with three to play was achieved while their talisman in Ben Stokes was preparing to continue his attempt to clear his name at Bristol Crown Court.

Anderson was now just 12 shy of the 563 Test wickets taken by Glenn McGrath. After 5-20 in India's first innings, Anderson got 4-23 in the second. Despite a couple of breaks during day four for rain, Anderson and Broad proved too good in overcast conditions for the delayed declaration to matter.

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Anderson reached the milestone when he removed India openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul today on his way to figures of two wickets for eight runs in five overs.

His 97th soon followed.

Earlier, India chose to play with two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara had a horrific return to Test cricket. But, appropriately, Chris Woakes ended the match when he had Ishant Sharma caught at leg-slip by debutant Ollie Pope.

With Kohli unable to return to play for the first 37 minutes of India's innings, Ajinkya Rahane moved up a spot. "I should be okay", he said. He trapped Pandya leg before, and England quickly surged to victory. Even when the ball's doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas.

"They made us work hard for runs and put a lot of pressure on us".

Woakes surged past Bairstow and was suddenly in sight of securing a place on the batting honors board at Lord's - to go along with his place on the bowling honors board after taking two five-wicket hauls at Lord's against Pakistan two years ago. Also, to get to a position where we could declare after Jonny and Woakesy's magnificent partnership.

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