Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Twitter explodes as England crushed India

Twitter explodes as England crushed India

England won by an innings and 159 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. However, in that spell before the break he sent down seven overs with four maidens, taking four wickets for just seven runs - during which he produced 11 other chances that didn't lead to wickets, all while India only managed to score runs off three balls.

"I think he's gone away over the a year ago or so since he hadn't been playing Test cricket: we needed him to learn a few things and get better at those".

It is "men against boys" at the moment, says former England captain Nasser Hussain, criticising the lack of fight from India in the second Test while urging the beleaguered visitors to dig deep.

Hussain warned that there will be no let-up from the English side at Trent Bridge, venue for the third Test.

Nearly nothing went right for India in this Test.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared eight wickets before Chris Woakes completed a brilliant return to worldwide duty with the final blow as England thrashed India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday.

Broad was on a roll and Virat Kohli was the next to go. Tendulkar's Twitter post read, "An all-round performance by England. It was after speaking to them that we decided that white ball matches will be held before the Tests", a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"India are doing everything they can, but.we've given them nothing".

Anderson took his tally for the match to nine wickets by removing Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami for ducks, before Woakes fittingly finished the job with Ishant Sharma caught at leg slip to put the hosts in firm control of the series.

He has taken 553 Test wickets, 10 short of Australian Glenn McGrath's record for a fast bowler. 15 runs later, Broad castled Pujara to put England on top.

Take two broadly evenly-matched sides.

As was the case on day two - when India were bowled out for just 107 - conditions once again favoured England's bowlers and Anderson made the breakthrough with just his eighth delivery. Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran were the biggest contributors to the win as India's captain Kohli himself admitted how outclassed they felt at the end of the game. "We were lucky, but the way Jimmy [Anderson] swung it was unbelievable in the first innings".

"The bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game", said Joe Root, the England captain.

"[Chris Woakes' century] shows the importance of batting deep. Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable, I think we got the combination a bit off". "It's awesome what confidence that kind of spell can give you, and also to bat with Jonny in the manner that he did".

The very next ball Broad trapped Dinesh Karthik LBW to reduce India to 61-6 as England closed in on a devastating victory.

However, Trevor Bayliss, England's coach, believes that the key component for Rashid's game is confidence, and in spite of his TFC status at Lord's, the experience of being a part of a winning Test team will transcend any other concerns that he might have about his role.

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