England crush India by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s


England’s Joe Root (2L) celebrates with teammates after winning the second Test cricket match between England and India at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.(AFP)

LONDON, August 12: India suffered an embarrassing innings and 159-run defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at Lord’s, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series.
Indian batsmen failed to learn from their mistakes and were all at sea against the moving ball as the second innings folded up for 130 in 47 overs. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the opposition, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).
England, who resumed at overnight 356 for six, declared their first innings at 396 for seven earlier on Sunday with Chris Woakes staying unbeaten on 137.
The Indian batsmen let the team down also in the first Test, but the away side at least put up a fight. Here at the ‘Home of Cricket’, the Virat Kohli-led unit showed no semblance of a fight, bringing back the haunted memories of the previous series in 2014 and 2011.
With the rain threat looming large over the remainder of the game, India needed to bat for survival. But it wasn’t to be as the batsmen once again cut a sorry picture after mustering 107 in the first innings that lasted just 35.2 overs.
The crushing loss has given the Indian team management plenty to think about ahead of the third Test beginning August 18 at Nottingham. The opening day was washed out here and even on Sunday time was lost due to intermittent rain, but England still comfortably got the result they wanted with a day to spare.
The weather was also kind on the impressive hosts, who batted in the sunshine on day three while overcast conditions made the job tougher for the Indian batsmen.
“Not very proud of the way we played. For the first time in the last five Tests, we were outplayed,” said captain Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation.
Post tea, Ravichandran Ashwin (33 not out) and Hardik Pandya (26) added 55 runs for the seventh wicket, the highest for India in two innings of this Test. (PTI)

James Anderson first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord’s

LONDON, August 12: England pace bowler James Anderson became the first man to take 100 Test wickets at Lord’s when he dismissed India opener Murali Vijay without scoring for the second time in the match on the fourth day of the second Test on Sunday.
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, the world’s leading Test wicket-taker, is the only other bowler to capture 100 wickets at a single venue. Muralitharan’s 800 Test victims included 100 in Galle, Kandy and at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. (Agencies)