Virat Kohli said India should be “better than that” after an innings and 159-run hammering by England in the second Test at Lord’s on Sunday. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the Indian batsmen, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).
Chris Woakes (2-24) broke the resistance, trapping Pandya lbw in the 43rd over. England is closing in on a victory at Lord’s and only rain stands between that.
England lead the five-match series 2-0 with the third Test to be played in Trent Bridge from August 18.
But Kohli was optimistic he would be fit for the third Test in Nottingham starting Saturday.
Nearly nothing went right for India in this Test.
Mail Today called India´s performance a “humiliating defeat” while The Hindu newspaper´s headline said “Another abysmal batting display sends India to its doom” after the team were bowled out for 107 and 130.
“An all-round performance by England”. Meanwhile, the rain has eased down and covers are being taken off.
Despite being in the twilight of his career, Anderson has been on top of his game and has troubled the Indian batsmen, both at Edgbaston and at Lord’s. Anderson brought up his century of Lord’s strikes with the wicket of Murali Vijay, who bagged a pair, inside-edging behind to a ball that moved sharply into him this time rather than swinging away like the one that bowled him in the first innings. Anderson will be a threat, Broad got 8-15 there against Australia – these England players have fond memories, so it won’t get that much easier.
Just like early lunch, early tea has been taken as well.
Kohli, needing prolonged on-field treatment, fell for 17 when caught by debutant Ollie Pope at short-leg off Broad.
What followed Kohli’s wicket was a disaster as Karthik registered a golden duck to Broad. As of now, it’s sore – I’m not hiding that fact.
“Throughout the whole game he did just that, he set the tone well with Stu (Broad), as a whole bowling group we were really, really good”.
“[Chris Woakes’ century] shows the importance of batting deep”.
The batting maestro also gave his own example and said, he was a kind of cricketer who liked to bat on any surface provided to him.
“I am not very proud of the way we played”, India captain Virat Kohli told Sky Sports.
Yet it was Chris Woakes who was named man-of-the-match after starring with both bat and ball. They needed 289 runs to make England bat again after the home side declared their first innings closed at 396 for seven in the morning session.
“There’s been chat about his longevity but at the minute he’s bowling better than he ever has before”. But I can not help but feel there is going to be nothing but an England series win. Jimmy and I keep things tight with the new ball, then the likes of Sam Curran, Stokes and Woakes have kept up the pressure. He has been miserable playing in English conditions. We haven’t had any sort of partnerships in this game.
James Anderson then took over with the ball.
It’s one thing to coach a kid to score runs or take wickets.
“It’s a great headache to have for us, going into next week”.