Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling. With rain forecast for the next two days there is a strong chance Joe Root will declare overnight and get Virat Kohli's side into bat.
Surrey's Sam Curran, so impressive in the first game in Birmingham, joined Woakes at the crease when bad light caused an early finish to the day's play.
In the 6.3 overs possible it was Anderson, swinging the new ball with nearly absurd ease, who struck twice.
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The first was the result of an absolutely stunning away swinger that bowled Murali Vijay off the fifth ball of the day.
"I thought the wicket, because of the weather we can not control, it was to bat on", he said.
Anderson ended the day's play when No 11 Ishant Sharma was lbw for nought. Such scrambled thinking then did for Pujara after India's No3 set off for a single in Anderson's next over.
Their unbroken sixth-wicket stand was so far worth 99 runs and all the more valuable for the fact that England had slumped to 89 for four on the stroke of lunch.
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Virat Kohli was involved in an almighty mix-up that led to Cheteshwar Pujara being run out as India were skittled for 107.
England were then forced to wait more than three hours before getting a third crack at India at 5.10pm.
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Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder who was man of the match at Edgbaston, then came to the party to bowl Dinesh Karthik with a handsome in-swinger.
Rahane, Karthik (wk), Pandya, Ashwin, Kuldeep, Shami, Sharma.
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