England have absolutely demolished India in the second test as they won comfortably by an innings and 159 runs. The result meant England are already 2-0 up in the five game Test series.
Having won the toss after rain curtailing Day 1, England skipper Joe Root decided to bowl first on second day. An inspiring bowling performance by English pacers under overcast conditions curtailed Indian batsmen. India managed to post a mere 107 in their first innings before getting bowled out by the end of the day’s play.
James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers with a five fer. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin managed 29 at the end to push India’s score over 100. After a paltry batting performance, India were on back foot but did remove England’s top order quickly.The hosts were 87/4 and lost their key players.
However, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes managed an outstanding 189 run stand for the sixth wicket. Also, key runs from Sam Curran at the end helped England score 396/7. Joe Root then decided to declare the innings to force a result out of the game quickly.
Indian openers once again crumbled at the top while negotiating James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the opening spell. Pujara, Rahane and Kohli did try to play their way through but they all fell prey to Broad’s magic on fourth day. Once the middle order failed, the lower middle order could not hold out for long as India were dismissed for 130 in their second innings.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared four wickets each as England cruised to a comfortable win at Lord’s. Speaking after the game, Joe Root has expressed his delight over his team’s dominance against India.
“Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform. Testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes. Chuffed to bits for Woakes.
“Coming back into the side, someone who’s always been a big part of the squad, good to see him have the rewards. When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve. Really good position to be in at the moment. I thought he played really well. He batted at a very challenging time. To come in and put pressure back on the opposition, to see him fit in the environment is a pleasing sight.
“Obviously got another day now to rest and recover. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, lots of hard work. Great team performance,” he said.