India was all out by 107 runs in the first innings of the second test. Though there were considerable changes in team India, they could not live up to the expectations due to many issues. Here we discuss some of them. The English bowlers succeeded in making the most of favorable conditions at the Lord’s test since the first day of the play was washed out due to rain.
- Team selections by the captain Kohli
Virat Kohli managed to make alterations in the team yesterday. He replaced Shikhar Dhawan with Cheteshwar Pujara and opted for Kuldeep Yadav ahead of Umesh Yadav. Since England won the toss and chose to field, they managed to bowl out Indians by the favorable conditions and performances of pacers like James Anderson.
- Nightmare for Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara managed to come back into the team. Dropping him for the first test caused a lot of criticism for selectors but on the contrary, he could not make up his poor performance in the warm-up match against Essex. He is expecting to do well in the second innings to answer the critiques.
- Return of Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes returned to the team after a recovery from injury. His entry became crucial in the absence of Ben Stokes. He picked two wickets and conceded 19 runs and Virat Kohli is among his scalps in the second test and supported his teammates James Anderson and Stuart Board.
- Failure of batsmen
Due to poor weather conditions, Indian batsmen could not sustain pressure by the English pacers and the Indian innings collapsed rapidly after the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. Earlier Indians lost 3 wickets to James Anderson within the duration of 15 balls. The conditions might be favorable for pacers like Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami due to cloudy weather and the performances of Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav are anticipated points for the viewers.
- James Anderson
James Anderson picked 5 wickets by conceding 20 runs in the first innings and picked three wickets within a span of 15 balls. He repeated his 5-wicket haul for the 27th time in his career. The fight between Indian captain Kohli and James Anderson is an eye-feast and hence the fans are awaiting the second innings to watch this fight.