Anderson five-fer wrecks India

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Anderson five-fer wrecks India


The visitors were bowled out for just 107 runs on a rain-truncated day

English bowlers produced yet another outstanding display of bowling at Lord's on Friday when the pace attack led by all time greatest James Anderson tears apart already struggling Indian batting lineup in the second day of second Test.

The visitors who are already  trailing 1-0  in the five-match series after losing first game at Edgbaston by 31 runs, were bowled out for just 107 runs in the first innings of the Lord's Test.

After continuous showers that has already ruined five sessions of game, India's chances of making a strong comeback in the five-match series get crashed when English skipper Joe Root seeing the overcast conditions opted to bowl first after winning the toss.

While England give Ollie Pope his maiden Test cap and added Chris Woakes in place of Ben Stokes, India made a surprise change of bringing in Kuldeep Yadav in place of Umesh Yadav, who impressed with his pace in the first Test at Edgbaston. While, Shikhar Dhawan made way for Cheteswar Pujara who batted at number three promoting Lokesh Rahul to open the inning along with Murali Vijay.

However the new opening combination didn't go in India's favour as proving his captain's decision correct, all time leading English wicket taker James Anderson bowled out Indian opener Murali Vijay for duck in the very first over to give England a stunning start.

While the other opener Lokesh Rahul got out for eight runs by Jonny Bairstow of James Anderson fourth over of the innings.

Next in Virat Kohli, who entered the field in search of continuing his Edgbaston form where the skipper smashed 149 and 51 runs in the two innings, couldn't do much to rescue the situations before the lunch but made an even costly error just before the forced break by making a out of nowhere call to get Chesteswar Pujara out of just one run off 25 balls.

As Chester Pujara was returning back to the dugout, it again started raining heavily and the play got stopped in the ninth over of the innings when India was trailing at 15 for the loss of 3 wickets.

After almost four hours of interruption the game started again in the third session and it was pleasant sunshine at Lord's but that didn't work much for the visitors favour as English bowlers continue to impress with their accuracy and pace.

In the 22nd over of the innings, Chris Woakes, who came as a replacement for Ben Stokes in the second Test removed the danger man Virat Kohli for 23 runs to let India struggle at 49-4.

Virat was expected to take India back to normality but it didn't happened as he was caught by Jos Buttler.

And within 11 balls of his dismissal Chris Woakes strike again and this time Jos Buttler caught Hardik Pandya who smashed two fours before getting out for 11 runs off just ten deliveries leading India struggle at 61 for 5.

Next in wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik who made his comeback in the Test side almost after a decade was the only recognizable batsman left in the list but the Tamil Nadu batsman could only add misery to the lineup by getting bowled for just 1 run to first Test hero Sam Curran.

After the dismissal of Karthik all the hopes were tied with Ajinkya Rahane, who smashed a Century when India last played at Lord's but after showing some resistance in the crease, Rahane's patience got over and he was caught at slip by Alastair Cook for 18 runs off 44 balls.

At the time of Rahane's dismissal India scorecard counts 84 for 7 at it was a challenge then for the leftovers to take India's tally par 100.

Ravichandran Ashwin (29 off 38 balls ) took the charge to lead the side past 100 but was out leg before by Stuart Broad shortly after James Anderson remove Kuldeep Yadav for duck. At the time of Ashwin's dismissal India was 96 for 9, still four runs short off the three figures.

And when it look like an odd task to guess that whether India will cross three figure, Mohammad Shami score two boundaries to take India to 107 before James Anderson complete his another five wicket haul after dismissing Ishant Zero without a run on his name.

This was a very poor performance for Indian side in the longest format of the game after so long and it was clearly evident that in case of Virat Kohli's failure how this team gets shattered.

For England James Anderson emerge as the star of the day clinching five wickets for just 20 runs in 13.2 overs. While Chris Woakes register two wickets under his belt for 19 runs. And the other two pacers Stuart Broad and Sam Curran got a wicket each.



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