London: India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at Lord’s, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series.
Indian batsmen failed to learn from their mistakes and were all at sea against the moving ball as the second innings folded up for 130 in 47 overs.
James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the opposition, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44). England, who resumed at overnight 356 for six, declared their first innings at 396 for seven earlier today with Chris Woakes staying unbeaten on 137.
The Indian batsmen let the team down also in the first Test but the away side at least put up a fight. Here at the ‘Home of Cricket’, the Virat Kohli-led unit showed no semblance of a fight, bringing back the haunted memories of the previous series in 2014 and 2011.
Batsmen fail again
With the rain threat looming large over the remainder of the game, India needed to bat for survival. But it wasn’t to be as the batsmen once again cut a sorry picture after mustering 107 in the first innings that lasted just 35.2 overs.
The crushing loss has given the Indian team management plenty to think about ahead of the third Test beginning August 18 at Nottingham. The opening day was washed out here and even on Sunday, time was lost due to intermittent rain, but England still comfortably got the the result they wanted with a day to spare.
Not proud of the way we’ve played
“Not proud of the way we’ve played. First time in the last five Tests that we’ve been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things.”
-Virat Kohli, India captain
India 1st inns 107
England 1st inns (O/n 357/6)
Woakes not out 137
Curran c Shami b Pandya 40
Extras: (b 11, lb 10, nb 1, w 1) 23
Total: (7 wickets in 88.1 overs) 396 dec
Bowling: Ishant 22-4-101-1, Shami 23-4-96-3, Kuldeep 9-1-44-0, Pandya 17.1-0-66-3, Ashwin 17-1-68-0.
India 2nd inns
Vijay c Bairstow b Anderson 0
Rahul lbw b Anderson 10
Pujara b Broad 17
Rahane c Jennings b Broad 13
Kohli c Pope b Broad 17
Pandya lbw b Woakes 26
Karthik lbw b Broad 0
Ashwin not out 33
Kuldeep b Anderson 0
Shami lbw b Anderson 0
Ishant c Pope b Woakes 2
Extras: (b 6, lb 6) 12
Total: (all out in 47 overs) 130
FoW: 1-0, 2-13, 3-35, 4-50, 5-61, 6-61, 7-116, 8-121, 9-125.
Bowling: Anderson 12-5-23-4, Broad 16-6-44-4, Woakes 10-2-24-2, Curran 9-1-27-0.
Brief scores: India 107 and 130 (Anderson 4/23, Broad 4/44) lost to England 396/7dec by an innings and 159 runs.
(With inputs from Agencies)