Mark Wood and Moeen Ali shared five wickets as England forced its way into a potentially match-winning position on Day 4 of the second test against India at Lord’s on Sunday.
Wood’s pace and Ali’s spin helped reduce India’s second innings to 181-6 at stumps, a vulnerable lead of 154.
Rishabh Pant, an aggressive batter capable of quickly changing a game, is unbeaten on 14, and Ishant Sharma is 4 not out.
Wood took out in-form openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma and returned to end Cheteshwar Pujara’s glacial resistance, before Ali rammed home the advantage.
The spinner dismissed top-scorer Ajinkya Rahane (61) and bowled Ravindra Jadeja with beauty before play was halted early for bad light. Earlier, Sam Curran had picked up the wicket of key man Virat Kohli for 20.
“I’ve really enjoyed myself,” Moeen Ali told reporters. “That was my aim really, it wasn’t the runs or the wickets so much – although they help – it was more about enjoying myself and trying to enjoy the challenge as much as I could.
“I just wanted to be part of this series and do well, take wickets and a few runs, hopefully get some more runs, I feel all right with the bat so I’m just enjoying my cricket.
“I’m happy with myself, I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I’m not taking it too seriously anymore; I’m going to enjoy it. I know there will be bad days, plenty of bad days in a series and I know there will be good days.
“That is probably something I moved away from, going back a couple of years, but I’ve been doing all right. Even when I played the Test out in India, I did OK and I know that I had one bad game against Australia in 2019 but before that, I was doing well as well so I’m all good with everything.”