England captain Joe Root’s commanding 180 not out, his second successive Test hundred and fifth this year, guided the hosts into a slender first-innings lead against India at Lord’s on day three.
Root hardly erred during a near nine-hour stay at the crease in the second Test that was the cornerstone of England’s 391 — 27 runs ahead of India’s first-innings 364 where KL Rahul made 129 and fellow opener Rohit Sharma 83.
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The England skipper faced 321 balls, with 18 fours, before James Anderson was bowled by Mohammed Shami off the last ball of play.
Root, with innings of 64 and 109, had been the only England batsman to pass fifty in last week’s rain-marred drawn first Test of this five-match series at Trent Bridge.
This time, however, he was ably assisted in a fourth-wicket partnership of…