Ishant Sharma, whose Test-best seven for 44 against England sealed India " s 95-run win in the corresponding Lord " s Test four years ago - one of just two Indian victories in 17 previous Tests at "the home of cricket" - bowled the first over.
Joe Root (19) had battled through a hard spell when he first came to the crease and was set to be rewarded with more favourable conditions in the afternoon, only to be undone by Shami with a ball that nipped back and stayed low in the final over of the morning. "But he handled the task brilliantly".
After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat on Friday.
"Some days it hoops round", Anderson told reporters.
James Anderson said that there were few batting line-ups that could have lived with England's seam attack after they ripped through India on the second day at Lord's.
"I thought the wicket, because of the weather we can not control, it was to bat on", he said.
Skipper Virat Kohli may have kept his team in the game in the first Test, but even he couldn't save the visitors under overcast conditions on Day 2.
Nothing doing: Rain clouds hang above the pitch at Lord's. Such scrambled thinking then did for Pujara after India's No3 set off for a single in Anderson's next over.
Coming back to the side, No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara survived 25 deliveries for 1 run before a mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli (23), cut short the Saurashtra Test specialist's stay even as rain stopped play once again.
Yet that was what happened off the last of the 12 balls bowled between lunch and tea.
That brought 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope to the crease and he acquitted himself well, getting off the mark with a boundary whipped behind square and swiftly reaching 28 before Hardik Pandya skidded one though to trap him in front.
No sooner had Pujara been dismissed, then there was a fresh downpour and it was not until 5.10pm (1610 GMT) that the match re-started. He also scored a half-century in the second innings of Edgbaston Test. However, Bairstow along with Buttler and Chris Woakes batted England to a position of strength.