VICTORY AT LORDS!!

ENGLAND V INDIA  2ND SPECSAVERS TEST

DATE : 9TH AUGUST 2018 –  12TH AUGUST 2018

VENUE : LORDS, LONDON.

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Score card of the 2nd Test..

 

DAY 1

No play was possible at Lords due to rains and wet outfield!

Hence, the  game on Day 1 of the second Test was abandoned.

 

DAY 2

The sun was finally back after we lost the play on day 1 due to rains and the Home of cricket was again lit up! England won the toss and elected to field and I must say once again a brilliant decision by Skipper Root! Indians were put into bat and Jimmy Anderson started the attack from the other side as he got India’s opening pair out within no time! Vijay was bowled out and KL Rahul was caught behind by Keeper Bairstow. The game was again interrupted by rain and then Pujara and Kohli then took the charge as the game resumed! But unfortunately Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and India were three wickets down before lunch.

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Ollie Pope’s run out of Cheteshwar Pujara.. pic credits : Getty Images.

England bowlers continued their domination when Chris Woakes got Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya Out as he scalped two wickets (2/19) along with Jimmy Anderson who already had three in his pocket.

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Kohli and Pandya both were caught by Jos Buttler at slips and coincidentally in the same way! he dropped them both on first attempt and took both their catches on the 2nd attempt, the very second ball after he had dropped them.. pic credits : Getty Images.

Sam Curran and Stuart Broad shared one wicket each and James Anderson finished with figures of 5/20 when he got two more wickets and by the end of the day India were bundled up for 107.

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* James Anderson became the first bowler in history to take 100 Test wickets at Lords. He achieved this feat when he bowled out Murali Vijay during India’s second innings. It was his 550th test wicket as well and he is only the second Pacer after Glenn McGrath to take as many wickets. He is just 14 runs short of McGrath’s overall wicket record. *He is only the second bowler after Srilanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan to take 100 wickets at a single venue. *In the first innings he finished with figures of 5/20 which was his 26th five-wicket haul in Tests and its his sixth appearance on the Lord’s honours Boards. *He became the first England bowler since Ian Botham in 1980 to breach the 900 point mark in the ICC Test bowling rankings. He got 903 points.

 

DAY 3

India bowlers made a terrific comeback after their batting collapse the previous day, as England were 4/89 before lunch. Then Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler took the charge and were going very well out there as they had brilliant 42 runs partnership for the fifth wicket, just until Mohammed Shami got Jos Buttler out LBW and the hosts were then five wickets down with 131 runs and they had lead of just 24 runs. Chris Woakes then joined Bairstow at the crease and then these lads went on to create history as they had record 189 runs stand for the sixth wicket. Chris Woakes got his maiden Test hundred in the process

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*Chris Woakes got his maiden Test hundred. He surpassed his previous best score of 66 that he got against Sri Lanka at the same venue in June 2016. He also completed 1000+ Test runs in the process. *He is the 10th player to feature on both the batting and bowling honours board at Lords. What a brilliant knock by Woakesy followed by brilliant bowling too!

and Jonny Bairstow got his 19th Test fifty and it was about to get converted into a hundred but unfortunately he got out caught behind by Karthik off Pandya and Jonny had to leave scoring brilliant 93 runs off 144 balls.

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What a crucial Knock by Jonny Bairstow that was!!

Sam Curran then joined woakes in the middle and yet again the young lad played a crucial knock and by the end of the Day England were leading by 250 runs with 357 runs on the board at loss of six wickets with Woakes unbeaten on 120 and Sam Curran not out on 22.

 

DAY 4

India had a big blow the next day when Skipper Virat Kohli didn’t come to field suffering from some back issues but they somehow managed to get Sam Curran out when he was caught by Shami off Pandya and immediately England declared the innings on 396/7 leading by 289 runs. Mohammad Shami finished with figures of 3/96 and Pandya got 3/66 and Ishant Sharma finished with 1/101.

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Skipper Joe Root declares the innings.. pic credits : Getty Images.

India lost two early wickets before lunch as James Anderson got both their openers out completing his 100 Test wickets at Lords and once again the collapse started for the visitors as they were six wickets down at Tea. Hardik Pandya and Ashwin tried to handle the situation but English bowlers continued their dominance and the visitors were bowled out for 130 as England won the second Test by an innings and 159 runs and go 2-0 up in the series.

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With the rain threat around and after losing Day 1 still the game was finished within just four and a half days making it the third-shortest Test match in England over the last hundred years. pic credits : Home Of Cricket.

James Anderson finished with figures of 4/ 23 and Stuart Broad got 4/44 while Chris Woakes finished with 2/24.

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Stuart Broad played a crucial role with the ball in the second innings as he finished with figures of 4/44 sending back Rahane, Pujara, Kohli and Karthik. His this performance led him to enter the top 10 Test wicket-takers list. Broady has now 424 Test wickets from 120 matches and 219 innings. He is behind Srilanka’s spinner Rangana Herath who has 430 wickets to his name. . pic credits : Getty Images.

 

Chris Woakes was named as the Man of the Match for his allround Performance!

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MAN OF THE MATCH!! pic credits : Getty Images.

 

And twenty year old Young lad Oliver Pope made his Test debut in this game.

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Alec Stewart hands over first cap to debutant Oliie Pope before the start of the play on day 2 at Lords.. pic credits : Getty Images.

 

 

Now onto Trent Bridge for the third one! Come on England!!!

 

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