After England vs India 2018 contest in London witnessed a complete washout on the first day, swing king James Anderson put England in the driver’s seat with a five-wicket haul on day two in the second ongoing Test against India at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Before talking about the statistical highlights, we are discussing about how Indian batters surrendered yet again in English conditions.
Meanwhile, the Three Lions skipper Joe Root elected to bowl without hesitation, with the overcast conditions seemingly ideally suited to swing and seam.
Pace spearhead Anderson took just five deliveries to repay his captain’s trust bowling Murali Vijay out with a beauty. Karnataka-based batsman KL Rahul, opening in this game soon became another victim of Anderson.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli then walked in the middle to resume the battle against Anderson. He left few balls and took few singles as the covers came on the field when rain poured down.
Only 12 balls were possible during the following six-and-a-half-hour period owing to incessant rain. However, that was enough time for England to claim another wicket.
After the resumption, India registered the highest partnership of the innings which came between Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane of 34 runs.
Kohli, in particular, struggled against the right-arm bowler Woakes, recalled in place of the absent Ben Stokes.
Kohli got a lifeline, but this time it only cost England four runs before he edged one off Woakes in the hands of Buttler.
The wicket of Kohli opened the floodgates for India, and there was no looking back for the England seamers. They bowled out India for 107 with Anderson returning with the five-for and Woakes with two.
Stuart Broad and Sam Curran picked one wicket each before the umpires called for the day.
Here are the statistical highlights of day two of the second Test of England vs India at Lord’s.
- James Anderson now has the most number of wickets among fast bowlers against India. He overtakes Imran Khan’s tally of 94 scalps.
- James Anderson finds himself in the fifth spot among bowlers with the highest number of wickets at a single venue. Muttiah Muralitharan tops the chart with 166 wickets at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. On the other hand, Anderson has bagged 99 wickets at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
- James Anderson is now joint second in the list of most wickets by any bowler at the home soil. Anderson is jointly second with veteran Anil Kumble with 350 wickets while Muralitharan once again leads the chart with 493 scalps.
- Cheteshwar Pujara is now involved in eight runouts among the last 13 runouts. Pujara is also the batsmen with the most number of runouts (seven) since his debut.