INDvsENG 2nd Test Day 2 : India In Shambles At The Home of Cricket

Lords, London : 

Day 1 of the 2nd test match between India and England at the Home of Cricket was wiped of due to rain. England won the toss on the 2nd day and asked India to bat. Team India made 2 changes in the playing XI, Cheteshwar Pujara replaced Shikhar Dhawan and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was chosen ahead of faster Umesh Yadav. England gave opportunity to debutant Oliver Pope and Chris Woakes replaced Ben Stokes.

First Session : 

India had the worst possible start. It took only 5 balls for Jimmy Anderson to clean up Murli Vijay.

Anderson got other Indian opener KL Rahul for just 8 and rain stopped the play with Cheteshwar Pujara and Captain Kohli on the crease.

Second Session : 

Soon after the play resumed, Pujara was caught in a mix up and was run out by debutant Ollie Pope. Pujara is now involved in 8 out of the last 13 run outs for India.

Rain stopped play again as only 2 overs were bowled in the second session.

Third Session : 

Centurion of the previous test match Captain Kohli and the only centurion of this current Indian lot at Lords Ajinkya Rahane were at crease. Both looked in good touch as they negated the venomous swing and seam of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Lapse of concentration from Virat Kohli (24), some edges falling short of slips, a drop catch and finally one in the hands of Jos Buttler. Chris Woakes bowled beautifully to Kohli.

Hardik Pandya couldn’t last either. In a similar fashion as Kohli, Buttler dropped an easy catch which went to a boundary and the very next ball went straight to his hands and this time he didn’t make any mistake.

Dinesh Karthik was undone by a beauty from the Man of the Match from the previous game – Sam Curran. An inswinger and Karthik couldn’t do much.

James Anderson came for his second spell and claimed the wicket of the last recognised Indian batsman and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. He looked in fine touch for his 18 until he edged one to Cook.

Kuldeep Yadav hung along with R Ashwin for a while but Anderson trapped him in front of the stumps.

R Ashwin (29) looked the best batsman for India. A predominately back foot player top scored for India before Stuart Broad got the better of him.

Anderson took the final wicket of Ishant Sharma and completed his 26th five wicket haul and 6th at the Home of cricket. He now has 99 Test wickets at Lords.

India were bundled out for a mere 107 under 35 overs on a day which helped the bowlers.

 

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