India vs England battle is intensifying. India and England are playing 5 test match series. The expectation was high from Virat Kohli and team. While bowlers have done well in first two test matches, the batting hasn’t clicked. In first test match India gave England a scare; however, in the second test match at Lord’s India just surrendered and lost the match in four days. It is to remind that the first day of the match was washed out completely.
James Anderson routed India in the first inning and took five wickets as they were bundled out for 107. The openers failed again while others didn’t do well too. In reply, England was also struggling and then came Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes. They added 189 runs for the sixth wicket and took England to 396. Bairstow scored 93 while Woakes 137 unbeaten. For India Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya took 3 wickets each.
India started their second inning with a deficit of 289 runs and form of the current Indian openers didn’t help much. Murali Vijay didn’t score anything and Lokesh Rahul was out for 10. In middle order Pujara made 10, Rahane made 13. Skipper Kohli made 17 and Pandya scored 26. Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik failed again and scored 0. Ravichandran Ashwin remained unbeaten at 33.
India was out for 130 and lost the match by an innings and 159 runs. The condition of Indian batting can be understood by the fact that Ravichandran Ashwin was the top scorer for India in both innings with scores of 29 and 33 unbeaten. For England, the experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad took 4 wickets each while Chris Woakes took 2 wickets. Chris Woakes was adjudged Player of the match.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was not pleased with the Indian performance and hoped to do better in next match. “Not very proud of the way we played to be honest. First time in last five Test matches we’ve been outplayed. Credit to England. They were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. Can’t really think about those things (conditions not in favour). You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Can’t crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. Won’t sit around and say that we didn’t have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball. Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable, I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. Chance to correct that next game. Five days to go, should be okay. Lower back issue coming up again and again, purely because of the workload. Confident I’ll be fine in five days time.”
On the other hand, English skipper Joe Root was all praise for the English team. “Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions of the batsman. To get that far in front, testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes. Really pleased for Woaksey. Number of occasions he’s shown how talented he is with the bat. Chuffed to bits for Woakes. State of the game, everything about it, and him coming back into the side, someone who’s always been a big part of the squad, great to see him have the rewards. When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve. Really good position to be in at the moment. Got to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted. I thought he (Pope) played really well. He batted at a very challenging time. To come in and put pressure back on the opposition was a great sign. We knew what he was capable of doing, we’ve seen him in county cricket. To see him fit seamlessly in the environment is a pleasing sight. Obviously got another day now to rest and recover, get our heads around what we’ve done this week. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, lots of hard work. Lot of fellas that weren’t getting headlines, but you’ve got to pull together as a team. Great team performance.”
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has lots of questions to answer before the third match. Third test match of the series will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham from 18th August – 22nd August. We will bring you all the coverage from the series. In the meantime check our “Blast from the past” series with highlights of Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar’s first test centuries. Connect with us on Facebook here and follow us on Twitter here.
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