Anderson breaches 900-point mark; Kohli loses top spot

Sherman Parsons
August 13, 2018

India lost the second Test by an innings and 159 runs on day four at Lord's.

5 consecutive loss in Tests in England, no fifties, no hundreds, 9 consecutive innings where India have failed to cross the 300-run mark in Tests in England since 330 in Southampton in 2014 and 9th below 300-run scores in the last 10 outings across 5 Tests - 3 in South Africa and 2 in England.

This was after England declared their first innings at 396 for seven in 88.1 overs, taking a 289-run lead. Woakes (2/24) continued his excellent performance trapping Hardik Pandya (26) lbw before Anderson came to clean up the tail.

India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar praised the England pacemen and Chris Woakes for his 137 not out.

Now, after a narrow victory in a thrilling first Test at Edgbaston and a display of superiority here, England will head to one of their happiest hunting grounds in Trent Bridge confident of rapidly wrapping up this Specsavers series.

The only question then was whether India could take the game into a final day but the answer emphatically was that they could not, with Anderson again magnificent in going past 100 wickets at Lord's and Woakes again superb.

While India's captain Virat Kohli offered no excuses for the capitulation, Indian commentators highlighted how the Indian top order has faltered in all four Test innings so far with opener Murali Vijay getting a pair at Lord's and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara failing to fire. He first scalped Vijay for a duck, completing 100 Test wicket at Lord's, when an inside edge carried to Bairstow behind the stumps.

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KL Rahul was undone in similar fashion, pinned on the crease by Anderson, before Broad's afternoon spell disrupted the middle order to leave them 61-6.

With England at 397 for six, Joe Root chose to declare to ominous clouds overhead.

Joe Root has warned England not to get complacent after James Anderson (4-23) passed 100 Test wickets at Lord's to clinch a comprehensive innings-and-159-run thrashing of India in the second Test.

On the other hand, England is on a roll, with Anderson and Broad - combined age of 68 - bowling as well as they have ever done.

"I am not very proud of the way we played", India captain Virat Kohli told Sky Sports.

And the next ball saw Broad have Dinesh Karthik plumb lbw. But credit to England, they were clinical. We're going to have to start again and work extremely hard over the next five days to win the next game. But India's plan to drop Umesh and pick Kuldeep in the second Test, when the overhead conditions and the weather were demanding a third pacer's inclusion in the playing XI, backfired.

England celebrate with man of the match Chris Woakes. The Indian fans are expectedly very much upset after their team's such disappointing performance and they took it to Twitter to express their disappointment.

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