Former England skipper Michael Vaughan took a dig at India after their heavy loss in the second England vs India Test at Lord’s. The hosts thrashed the visitors by an innings and 159 runs to go 2-0 up in the series.
The Indian batsmen learned little from their horror show in the first Test at Edgbaston. In fact, their performance in the just-concluded Test was even worse as India could not get past the 130-run mark in either of the innings. That the game ended inside four days despite the first day being entirely washed out and several rain-interruptions pretty much tells how poor the Indian batting was.
In the first innings, they were all out for just 107 with James Anderson taking 5 for 20 in conditions which were tailor-made for fast-bowlers. In reply, England scored a mammoth 396 for 7 to put the game beyond India’s reach. And the visitors did little to challenge England.
Trailing by a huge 289 runs, draw was the only option for India. However, it took England less than two sessions to bundle up the world number one Test side. Murali Vijay and KL Rahul continued to disappoint. The duo could not add a single run for the first wicket in the entire game.
James Anderson once again dismissed Vijay for a duck to give England a flying start. He soon sent back KL Rahul to put England on top. At lunch, India were 17 for 2. Afterlunch, it was Stuart Broad’s turn to torment the visitors.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane could add only 18 runs after the break before Stuart Broad dismissed the latter. 15 runs later, Broad castled Pujara to put England on top. Any chances of avoiding an innings then soon disappeared after Broad removed Kohli to leave India reeling at 61 for 5. On the very next delivery, he accounted for Dinesh Karthik to all but seal India’s fate.
At that stage, it looked as if India are set to post a below-100 total. However, R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya stopped the rot. The duo stitched together a 55-run stand to help India cross the 100-run mark. Chris Woakes broke the stand by dismissing Pandya. The lower-order could not delay the inevitable for long as India were all out for 130.
And as soon as the game ended, Vaughan took to Twitter to rub salt to the Indian team and its fans’ wounds by pointing out the numbers of overs India played in the entire game. The former England skipper tweeted:
“82.2 overs … 237 Runs … 20 wkts … That was a Test that lasted 170.2 overs … !!!!!! #2-0”
82.2 overs … 237 Runs … 20 wkts … That was a Test that lasted 170.2 overs … !!!!!! #2-0
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 12, 2018