India vs England Second Test match highlights – India’s Batting Woes Continue As They Crumble For 107:
- India was dismissed for 107 in 35.2 overs
- Ashwin top scored with 29
- Anderson took 5-20
How long will it take for the Indian batsmen to learn how to play on English wickets? After a devastating performance in the first match that had seen them fall short of victory by just 31 runs, the Indian batting line-up was expected to up its game come the Lord’s test. However, the usual failings continued come Day 2 of the second test match. It took England a mere 36 overs to wipe out the Indian batsmen for 107 runs.
Staying at the middle of the pitch for a shorter period than the sun was out in London, the Indian batsmen needed less than half of the day to gift their wickets to the English. With day 1 being fully washed out due to rain, play finally got underway on day 2 amid overcast conditions.
Joe Root won the toss for the second match in the row and sent India in to bat. With rain playing havoc on the conditions, the English looked to make the most of the pace-friendly conditions that a cloud covered the sky and damp pitch offered. Surprisingly the Indians decided to play two spinners with Kuldeep Yadav accompanying Ashwin in a move that left all of us baffled given the conditions at play. A welcome move was the introduction of Cheteshwar Pujara in place of the ever-struggling Shikhar Dhawan.
All the optimism and hard work in the Indian camp was blown to tethers as soon as the first ball of the match was bowled. James Anderson and Broad moved the ball at a dangerous speed, causing the Indian batsmen all kinds of problems. Pitching the ball up at the perfect lengths, the English pacers exploited the conditions perfectly, hitting all the right spots to make the ball dance to their tune. Visible uncomfortable and at a loss to play the seaming ball, the Indians didn’t take much time to depart the crease. Before rain played spoilsport again, the Indians were reeling at 15-3.
After a much delayed heavy rain interval play got back to the track, something the Indians would have wished hadn’t happened after the end of the day’s events. With the entire burden down to captain Kohli once again, he and Rahane did manage a mini partnership of sorts. However, Kohli was dismissed by Woakes to put an end to India’s innings. It’s getting really hilarious how unprepared the rest of India’s batting line-up has looked in contrast to Kohli. Crawling past a 100, India registered a total of a petty 107 runs after Anderson blew them apart to pick up 5-20 and reach 99 wickets at Lords.
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