India vs England 2nd Test Lord’s Match Report: Hosts England won by an innings and 159 runs in under four days to take a handsome 2-0 lead in the five-Test series. Chris Woakes won the Man of the Match for his double of a century and four wickets in the game. The fact that the Warwickshire cricketer was coming back to cricket after an injury made it even more special as James Anderson picked up his 100th wicket at Lord’s, becoming the only cricketer to do so. Anderson picked nine wickets in the match and was the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts.
Apart from Ashwin, whose scores of 29, 33 were the highest scores from both innings of the visiting team. Ashwin’s (29 & 33*) is the first Indian batsman to top score in each innings of a Test batting at #8 or below in both innings. Sixth to do so overall after Tup Scott, Lee Germon, Guy Whittall, Peter Siddle & Graeme Cremer.
Murali Vijay had a disastrous Lord’s Test as he bagged a pair. None of the Indian batsmen showed the temperament to counter the trying conditions and hence one has to accept that the hosts batted when the conditions were best for batting, but that does not take anything away from the win as Virat Kohli said at the post-match ceremony. This was also the first occasion that the Indian Test Cricket side lost by an innings under the leadership of Virat Kohli in his 37 appearances as captain.
India was bundled out for 107 in the first innings after Day 1 was washed off and then managed to put on merely 130 runs. Indian famed batting line-up managed to bat all of 73 overs in the entire test and that was the biggest problem.
India now goes to Trent Bridge for the 3rd Test, which would be a Test to keep the series alive for the No 1 team in the world.
Virat Kohli: Not very proud of the way we played. This is the first time in five Tests that we have been outplayed. Credit to England for the way they played and they deserved to win.
Joe Root: Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit was exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform. A testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes.