Virat Kohli’s agonising run as India’s captain gained intensity on Sunday as his team was annihilated by England in the 2nd Test match of the 5-match series at Lord’s. The hosts defeated India by an innings and 159 runs.
The defeat at Lord’s comes just days after India lost the first Test at Edgbaston cricket ground. With this loss, they now trail the series 0-2.
England were in the ascendancy pretty much from the time they won the toss and chose to bowl. They never looked back after they dismantled India cheaply in the first innings and took a handsome lead of 289 runs in their first innings. On Friday, a brilliant bowling spell by Jimmy Anderson had made sure that India were all out for a paltry 107.
A magnificent innings by Chris Woakes, who remained not out at 137 saw England pile up a total of 396 for 7 before they declared their innings. Jonny Bairstow too contributed well with his superb batting display even though he fell short of his century by just seven runs.
Stuart Broad and James Anderson then took the hosts home on day four with some superb swing and seam bowling as India had no answers. Both took 4 wickets each, while Woakes scalped two wickets.
The centurion of the second Test match, Woakes, said, “I am honoured to be Man of the Match, and to get on that board is something special. When you’re out there it goes by in a flash, but scoring a 100 at Lord’s is genuinely what dreams are made of, but to make it in the team cause is very sweet. That I was off with injury makes it all the sweeter.”
Broad, for his part, later told BBC, “To play as calmly as he did, he almost looked like a number four. It was a beautiful hundred, but what a place to do it. He’s a wonderful guy, probably the nicest guy you’ll meet and everybody was delighted with his success.”