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Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs

England bowled out India for 130 runs in 2nd innings to win second Test by an innings and 159 runs on Day 4 at Lord's cricket ground in London. England take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series

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Virat Kohli. Photo: Reuters
Virat Kohli. Photo: Reuters

India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at Lord's in London, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series. Indian batsmen failed to learn from their mistakes and were all at sea against the moving ball as the second innings folded up for 130 in 47 overs. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the opposition, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44). England, who resumed at overnight 356 for six, declared their first innings at 396 for seven earlier on Sunday with staying unbeaten on 137. The Indian batsmen let the team down also in the first Test but the away side at least put up a fight. Here at the 'Home of Cricket', the Virat Kohli-led unit showed no semblance of a fight, bringing back the haunted memories of the previous series in 2014 and 2011.


With the rain threat looming large over the remainder of the game, India needed to bat for survival. But it wasn't to be as the batsmen once again cut a sorry picture after mustering 107 in the first innings that lasted just 35.2 overs. The crushing loss has given the Indian team management plenty to think about ahead of the third Test beginning August 18 at Nottingham. The weather was also kind on the impressive hosts, who batted in the sunshine on day three while overcast conditions made the job tougher for the Indian batsmen. "Not very proud of the way we played. For the first time in the last five Tests, we were outplayed," said captain at the post-match presentation.

2nd Test Day 4 scorecard: England won by an innings and 159 runs




In Pics: 2nd Test  Day 4 Highlights

Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs

Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs

Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs

Lord's Test: Day 4, third session report

  • Post tea, Ravichandran Ashwin (33 not out) and Hardik Pandya (26) added 55 runs for the seventh wicket, the highest for India in two innings of this Test.
  • More importantly, they batted out nearly 12 overs showing that with a little more application, this Indian line-up could have done better. Both batsmen took hits on their right hands, yet continued to soldier on.
  • (2-24) broke the resistance, trapping Pandya lbw in the 43rd over.
  • An over later, Anderson came back into the attack with a single-minded focus to finish off the Indian innings. (0) was bowled, a pair in this Test, while (0) played a horrendous shot to fall lbw two overs later.
  • Woakes finished off the formalities, as (2) was last out, caught at leg slip.

In Pics: wicket

Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: England beat India by an innings and 159 runs


Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: India stare defeat at Lord's; rain stops play
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: India stare defeat at Lord's; rain stops play
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: India stare defeat at Lord's; rain stops play
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: India stare defeat at Lord's; rain stops play

 
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: India stare defeat at Lord's; rain stops play
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: India stare defeat at Lord's; rain stops play




Lord's Test: Day 4, second session report

  • Cheteshwar Pujara (17) and Ajinkya Rahane (13) had started watchfully after the lunch break and they looked to eat up as many deliveries as possible.
  • (0-17) had an entertaining contest with Rahane, but the batsman prevailed for a little while. The bowling changes worked though as England's relentless pace attack again benefitted from overcast conditions.
  • Rahane was the first to go, playing at a wide delivery off Broad in the 19th over as Keaton Jennings held a sharp catch at third slip.
  • Skipper (17), struggling with a stiff back, came out to bat as India reached 50 in the 26th over. He was clearly restricted in his movement and stroke making, and received on-field attention before being dismissed.
  • Broad then pulled out an inswinger that deflected off Pujara's pad and crashed into the off-stump, ending his 87-ball stay.
  • Four overs later, Broad struck twice. First, Kohli was caught at forward short leg, with DRS detecting a faint glove as the ball bounced off his jumper. Immediately, another quick inswinger saw Dinesh Karthik trapped lbw for a first-ball duck.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin (0) fended off his hat-trick ball, and thereafter just hung on with Hardik Pandya (1) for company as a 0-2 score-line loomed large over India.


In Pics: K L Rahul wicket and Session 1 Highlights

Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Rain stops play after Anderson gets Vijay, Rahul




Lord's Test: First Session report

  • Starting from overnight 357-6, England looked for some quick runs in this morning session. But they didn't come so easily as (3-96) bowled a very sharp spell.
  • He beat Chris Woakes (137 not out) and Sam Curran (40) on a number of occasions, but was unlucky to not induce any edges at all.
  • The runs came in a trickle, but when it started drizzling a bit, Curran threw his bat around. When he was finally out caught at third man off Hardik Pandya (3-66), England declared their innings close for fear of more rain.
  • India then got off to another poor start. James Anderson (2-8) had Murali Vijay (0) caught behind in the third over. This was his 100th Test wicket at Lord's.
  • Vijay became the sixth Indian batsman to score a pair' in a Test, and he has now managed only 128 runs in 10 overseas innings against South Africa and England in 2018.
  • Meanwhile, four overs later, Anderson trapped KL Rahul (10) plumb lbw and the batsman walked off without even checking for DRS with his partner Pujara.
  • Skipper Virat Kohli didn't come out to bat at number four because he didn't take the field this morning owing to back stiffness. There is no further communication from the team management about his condition, though he is now eligible to bat if a wicket falls on resumption of play.
  • Pujara and Rahane struggled against movement generated by both Anderson and Chris Woakes (0-1) but somehow managed to survive.
  • The Indian innings had progressed under light drizzle, but as soon as rain got stronger, umpires hauled off the players for an early meal.
James Anderson becomes 1st bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord's

England fast bowler James Anderson on Sunday became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets here at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground known as Home of Cricket. The 36-year-old achieved the feat on day four of the second Test in the ongoing five-match Test series against India, and it was India's opening batsman Murali Vijay who became his 100th Test wicket. Vijay knicked a quick delivery off Anderson and wicket-keeper Johnny Barstow made no mistake behind the stumps. The bowler celebrated his 100th wicket in a thrilling fashion along with his fellow teammates, who applauded the bowler for the achievement. Anderson is only the second bowler, after legendary Sri Lankan spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, to have claimed 100 Test wickets at a single venue, who has achieved the same feat on three different cricket grounds in Sri Lanka. Read full article here

Dropping Umesh Yadav backfired
 
In conditions which were ripe for seamers, India had two frontline spinners, two frontline pacers and Hardik Pandya. And as they bowled in the first innings, the decision to not have another pacer in the ranks hurt them. India's opening bowlers started off poor, but soon came into their own. The conditions weren't as supportive as England enjoyed the previous day, but they still found enough to trouble Jennings and Cook. By the time the pair was out, to and respectively in successive overs, India's main pacers were already towards the end of their spells. The need for a third frontline seamer was never more stark. India had decided to bring in Kuldeep for Umesh Yadav for 2nd Test at Lord's, and despite seeing the conditions on the first day, which was washed out before the toss had even taken place, they decided to play with the left-arm wrist spinner. Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane defended team management’s decision of playing Kuldeep post Day 2 press conference and said “The answer to your question will be, I feel, when takes four of five wickets tomorrow.”
 
On the other hand, England picked Chris Woakes ahead of Moeen Ali as they had Adil Rashid in the playing 11 but didn’t used him first innings as India were bundled out for 107 runs.

Kohli changed the team for 37th time in a row
 
For the 37th time in a row, Kohli picked the team with some changes from the previous match. He picked Cheteshwar Pujara picked in place of Shikhar Dhawan and also included ahead of Umesh Yadav. With the pitch assisting the quick bowlers and likely to do on Saturday as well, it will be interesting how much the quicks can get out of this pitch and whether or not the inclusion of Kuldeep will have a big bearing on the game or not.

Here are the playing 11 of both the sides:
 
England playing 11: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Oliver Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Stuart Board, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid
 
India Playing 11: Murali Vijay, K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
 
Hardik Pandya defends decision to play 2 spinners: Hardik Pandya has defended Team India's batting performance in the Lord's Test. The Virat Kohli-led side was bowled out for just 107 at Lord's, after the opening day of the match was washed out. The all-rounder even rued the fact that the conditions changed drastically on Saturday, making it easier for the English batsman. "The conditions when we bowled today were completely different. It was a proper wicket today. On the opening day, the conditions weren't what we expected. Today's conditions were what we expected," he said. Hardik even offered an odd explanation for India's decision to play two spinners. England have gone in with just one tweaker in Adil Rashid. They managed to bowl India out in just 35.2 overs, with their leg-spinner not having a bowl at all. Hardik said that India's decision to play two spinners - Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav - was the right one. He said that they would've come to use of it was a five-day game. "There was obviously some thought. I don't get much into it. I thought three pacers was enough. We bowled properly and put in the desired effort. As I said, today's wicket was the wicket we expected. I think it was the right call (to play two spinners). If it was a five-day game, the spinners would've come to use. But because of the rain, the match is shortened. There weren't many foot marks so it wasn't gripping that much. If this was a five-day game, things would've been different," said Hardik.

Raising bat at the Lord's is boyhood dream, says Woakes: Having endured frustrations of a long lay-off due to injury, Chris Woakes felt "incredible" after realising his childhood dream of scoring a Test hundred at the 'Home Of Cricket' in his comeback game. Replacing Ben Stokes wasn't an easy job but Woakes made the most of his opportunity by getting Indian captain Virat Kohli on the second day and followed it up with his maiden Test hundred as England maintained their stranglehold on India with a 250-run first innings lead. "That feeling of raising your bat to a standing ovation at Lord's is a bit of a boyhood dream. But it's an incredible feeling," a visibly elated Woakes told mediapersons after the end of third day's play. Woakes had recently become a father and said that his teammates had asked him to do a "baby celebration" but it all became a bit of blur once he achieved the coveted landmark. "The lads did ask me actually where was the baby celebration, but for some reason, that wasn't really on my mind. I didn't really have any ideas of how I was going to celebrate, and didn't really know how to but I'm obviously just delighted. It's still a bit of a blur. It seems to go so fast 30 seconds of raising your bat feels literally like a blink of the eye," Woakes said.

Lord's is notorious for low Test scores: India are in danger of going 0-2 down in the five-Test series against England unless the elements, which made their life miserable after being asked to bat first, conspire to save them or even help them to turn the tables on the hosts. After the first day's wash-out, conditions were difficult for batting even though the pitch reports suggested that it was dry and good for a knock. At least one former captain thought Virat Kohli losing the toss was a blessing in disguise though the Indian captain also wanted to bowl. The conditions were certainly not batting-friendly as the ball did turn quite a bit and England had the ammo to attack relentlessly. It is not easy to deal with James Anderson in any conditions and on this day he was making the ball talk. He craftily planned his five dismissals. The social media was not kind to the Indians and some got too personal, as they would in such circumstances. Someone shared a picture shot of the Lord's menu card and the Twitterati had their fill matching it with the scorecard! Read full article here

India’s record at Lord’s cricket ground in London:
 
India have played 18 matches at Lord’s, of they have lost 12 and won only two. The most recent win for India came in 2014, when took 7 wickets to win the match under M S Dhoni’s captaincy.
 
Total: 18
 
England: 12
 
India: 2
 
Drawn: 4

head-to-head comparison in Test matches

Total

Matches played: 119

India won: 25

England won: 45

Drawn: 49

In England

Matches played: 59

India won: 6

England won: 32

Drawn: 21

First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 23:21 IST