England bowlers demolish feeble India to secure crushing second-Test win
|Second Specsavers Test, Lord’s (day four of five)|
|India 107 & 130: Ashwin 33*, Anderson 4-23, Broad 4-44|
|England 396-7 dec: Woakes 137*, Bairstow 93, Hardik 3-66|
|England win by innings & 159 runs|
England completed a crushing innings and 159-run victory over India at Lord’s to take a 2-0 series lead.
James Anderson took 4-23 to finish with nine wickets in the match and Stuart Broad shone with 4-44 as India were bowled out for 130.
The hosts had declared on 396-7, with Chris Woakes finishing on 137 not out, before Anderson reduced India to 17-2.
Rain delayed play twice but India lost wickets regularly and Woakes took the final scalp to secure an emphatic win.
England enjoyed the better of the bowling conditions in the match but India produced two poor batting performances.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya’s 55-run partnership for the seventh wicket was India’s only real stand of the innings and the tourists never looked comfortable under grey skies at Lord’s.
Only once has a team come back to overturn a 2-0 deficit to win a Test series – and that was an Australia side that contained Donald Bradman in the 1936-37 Ashes.
The third Test of the five-match series begins at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
Concern for India
Almost nothing went right for India in this Test.
They lost the toss and were dismissed for 107 after being inserted in the first innings in conditions made for swing bowling, before England batted in the best weather of the match.
After the competitiveness of Edgbaston this was a let-down for India, with their batsmen unable to resist England’s bowlers, and the decision to play wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav over seamer Umesh Yadav not working out.
There are also concerns for India over the fitness of captain Virat Kohli, who received treatment on the field for a sore back after missing much of the morning session.
Questions still remain over England’s top order – they were struggling at 89-4 on Saturday – but Woakes’ all-round performance is a promising sign for the hosts.
They will also take confidence from effectively winning the Test in two days of play, after the first day was washed out and two of the final three days were interrupted by rain.
Anderson shines in gloom
Anderson leaves Lord’s having taken the most wickets against India in Tests, with 99 wickets in 24 matches.
He found movement straight away, taking his 100th wicket at Lord’s with an angled delivery that took the inside edge of Murali Vijay’s bat to leave India 0-1.
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.
Anderson returned in the evening with light rain falling, and bowled Kuldeep for a duck before trapping Mohammad Shami lbw to put England on the brink.
He now has 553 Test wickets and is just 10 behind Australian Glenn McGrath’s record for the most wickets taken by a seamer in Test cricket.
Broad spell entertains crowd
In a terrific afternoon spell, Broad ran through India’s middle order to put England in the ascendancy.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who played patiently for his 17, was bowled off the pad by Broad, before England changed up their tactics to stop Kohli scoring.
With the India captain hampered by his back, Broad forced him onto the back foot and kept him playing and missing outside off stump, before Kohli gloved the ball onto his hip and the catch was taken by Ollie Pope at a deep-ish short leg.
Broad struck with his next delivery as he pinned Dinesh Karthik lbw, barely turning to appeal as the ball clattered into the wicketkeeper on the knee roll, but the hat-trick ball swung prodigiously down the leg-side for four byes.
It was a collapse preceded by Ajinkya Rahane, who threw away his wicket after a quiet post-lunch session with a loose shot at a wide ball from Broad.
India looked to have learned little from their first innings performance – and they now head to Trent Bridge, where England have won six of their past eight Tests.