England beat India by an innings and 159 runs

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2018

Chris Woakes (2-24) broke the resistance, trapping Pandya lbw in the 43rd over.

Rain delayed play twice but India lost wickets regularly and Woakes took the final scalp to secure an emphatic win. Ashwin was India's best bowler on show in that match with 7 wickets in total.

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 in the 141-year history of Test cricket have a side come from 2-0 down to win a five-match series, when an Australia side inspired by batting great Donald Bradman rallied to beat England back in 1936/37.

But Kohli, who hopes to be fit for the third Test in Nottingham starting on Saturday, could only watch as Broad's superb late inswinger knocked over off stump to bowl Cheteshwar Pujara for 17.

Nearly nothing went right for India in this Test.

In fact, with India being bowled out twice in just 82.2 overs and England batting for 88 this was a Lord's Test that in effect lasted for less than two day's play. In this age of global superstardom, his cricketing talents are the very English ones of measured batting and probing seam and swing bowling which don't necessarily travel well.

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 needed 289 runs to make England bat again after the home side declared their first innings closed at 396 for seven in the morning session.

Meanwhile, English seamer James Anderson picked up the wicket of KL Rahul and that was his 100th wicket at Lord's.

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So often attacking the outside edge, Anderson nipped the ball back to Murali Vijay and he only managed to get a feather through to wicket-keeper Bairstow as his Lord's Test ended with a pair. It was Stuart Broad who got the big fish.

And a thumping victory by an innings and 159 runs that leaves England two up with three to play was achieved while their talisman in Ben Stokes was preparing to continue his attempt to clear his name at Bristol Crown Court.

In a terrific afternoon spell, Broad ran through India's middle order to put England in the ascendancy.

Broad only claimed one wicket in the first innings but began a devastating spell today by finding Ajinkya Rahane's outside edge, with Keaton Jennings taking the catch in the slips.

And the next ball saw Broad have Dinesh Karthik plumb lbw.

In both the innings of the second test, the wicket-keeper batsman was guilty of throwing away his wicket by playing the loose shots.

"They made us work hard for runs and put a lot of pressure on us".

The contrast, then, between a criminal trial on a charge of affray for England's highest profile player and a second Test that has showcased Joe Root's team at their absolute finest could hardly be greater.

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