England declare with lead of 289 vs India in 2nd test

England's Chris Woakes plays a shot off the bowling of India's Ishant Sharma during the fourth day of the second test match between England and India

England's Chris Woakes plays a shot off the bowling of India's Ishant Sharma during the fourth day of the second test match between England and India

LONDON (AP) — England declared on 396-7 with a first innings lead of 289 over India on Day 4 of the second test at Lord's on Sunday.

Having resumed on 357, Chris Woakes (137 not out) and Sam Curran added 39 runs in 7.1 overs before the latter was caught at third man for 40 off the bowling of Hardik Pandya (3-66).

The wicket prompted England captain Joe Root to end England's innings. His opposite number Virat Kohli was missing from the field on Sunday morning with a back strain. Due to his absence, Kohli won't be allowed to bat for the first 37 minutes of India's innings.

After winning a tight 1st test at Edgbaston, England is in a strong position to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

India's best chance of avoiding defeat appears to be the weather. The tourists were bowled out for 107 on a rain-interrupted second day after the first had been washed out. The forecast is for rain to return later on Sunday and for further interruptions on Monday.