On Friday when Indian took on the field to bat after the first-day interruption due to rains, there was a storm awaiting them.
Constant drizzle followed with heavy rains and overcast conditions made India wobble under England pressure. The hosts were able to easily pin down the Indian batsmen.
England had a blast when they were able to send back Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, and KL Rahul back to the pavilion after 8.1 overs.
Even Virat Kohli was easily troubled by the consistency of James Anderson while Stuart Broad delivered with discipline. In Ben Stokes absence Chris Woakes filled his shoes well and like the first game, Sam Curran continued to impress.
As a result, Indian was blown away at 35.2 overs for just 107 runs. The most impressive innings came from Anderson who finished with 5-20 and he’s just a wicket away from picking 100 wickets at Lords. Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest scorer for the Indian team who scored 29 runs for his innings.
The much speculated Kohli-Anderson saga furthered from Edgbaston to Lords with the Englishman again having the edge over the Indian skipper. His bowling we so consistent that even when Kohli tempted to hit, he had to just think more than once.
The 8 over of Broad and Anderson were finely managed by Kolhi-Rahane before the rain-interrupted again. But then entered Woakes who disrupted the consistency of the duo with his rhythm. His fantastic deliveries got his 6-2-19-2 score.
English fielding was again all over the place, but the tight bowling from the bowlers let little scope for any major trouble because of dropped catches.
Kohli fell for Woakes when the late swing of the ball hit the edge of his bat and caught by Jos Buttler at second slip. He was able to score 23 runs while resisting 57 deliveries before falling. Hardik Pandya’s catch was dropped by Butler once but soon he was caught by him on Woakes delivery. Sam Curran was the next who easily broke through Dinesh Karthik’s defense.
Ashwin joined in to partner with Rahane but soon the latter was dropped by Anderson. And he further continued to damage the Indian batting line-up in form of Kuldeep Yadav (0) and Ishant Sharma (0). And finally, broad trapped Ashwin.
Second-day play of the game is a massive blow to the spirit of team India and it will look to take revenge when they take on the field today.