ENGLAND V INDIA 2ND SPECSAVERS TEST
DATE : 9TH AUGUST 2018 – 12TH AUGUST 2018
VENUE : LORDS, LONDON.
No play was possible at Lords due to rains and wet outfield!
Hence, the game on Day 1 of the second Test was abandoned.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
James Anderson finished with figures of 4/ 23 and Stuart Broad got 4/44 while Chris Woakes finished with 2/24.
Chris Woakes was named as the Man of the Match for his allround Performance!
And twenty year old Young lad Oliver Pope made his Test debut in this game.
Now onto Trent Bridge for the third one! Come on England!!!