After Day 1 of the second Test between England and India at the Lord’s cricket ground got washed out, both teams went for a combination of their choice keeping in mind the overcast conditions and the covered pitch.
Day 2 in London also started off with rain, but finally, the skies cleared up a bit to let the toss happen. It was won by Joe Root and the English skipper chose to field first.
England brought in Ollie Pope for his debut and Chris Woakes in place of Ben Stokes. India surprisingly dropped Umesh Yadav for Kuldeep Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan made way for Cheteshwar Pujara.
India must have hoped grittiness from their openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul, but instead, saw James Anderson send both of them back with 10 runs on the board in 6.3 overs. Vijay got a peach of a delivery while Rahul was foxed into edging it to the keeper.
Pujara was unfortunately run out when he was sold as a dummy by captain Virat Kohli and India slumped to 15/3 after 8.3 overs, when rain interrupted again. Play however started and Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane survived a tough phase to add 34 runs for the 4th wicket.
However, Woakes removed the Indian skipper with a beauty for 24 runs and then removed Hardik Pandya, who scored 11 runs off 10 balls. Curran continued his good work by castling Dinesh Karthik with a delivery that swung in the air and moved towards the stumps after pitching. Karthik played down the wrong line and was bowled for 1.
Anderson completed his five-wicket haul by later picking up the wickets of Rahane, Kuldeep, and Ishant.
Ravichandran Ashwin top-scored for India with 29 runs.
Twitteratis were not amused to see the way Indian batsmen performed and with the team barely clawing their way to 107 runs; they were all over the micro-blogging website.
Here are some of the tweets:
Let’s not forget these are the players who got India to the number 1 ranking. How about being little supportive when the going gets tough. This is our team
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 10, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 10, 2018
Pack of cards …. #India
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 10, 2018
When Sam Curran is bowling in swing to the right hand batsmen his arm is coming slightly away from his ears/head.When he tries to bowl away going delivery; his bowling arm is much closer to ears/head! #perfect #ENGvsIND
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 10, 2018
Superb bowling by Jimmy Anderson. Difficult conditions for batting too, but India's capitulation betrays lack of technique as well as heart
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 10, 2018
Enjoyed watching Anderson bowl. But just as much, you have to admire Woakes today!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 10, 2018
Virat Kohli is involved in 5 run outs in Tests. He himself has been out only once, his partner was out on 4 occasions. #EngvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 10, 2018
Pujara shouldn't feel too bad.
When Kohli gets you run out – it's a sign of friendship.
Ask Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.#ENGvIND
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 10, 2018
Team India just got bundled out for 107 in a very overcast Lord's where Kohli decided to bring in extra spinner which he should have done last game ,and played 4 Pacers here. Facepalm. #ENGvIND
— Vighnesh Nair (@iizvighnesh) August 10, 2018
100 up for India! pic.twitter.com/6MdbH0daXD
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 10, 2018
Anderson : Outswing.
Broad : Inswing.
Indian batters: Pendulum Swing.
Ravi Shastri : Old Monk Swing.
Anil Kumble : Sarcastic smile swing!
Indian Cricket fans : Extrensic mood Swing. #ENGvIND 🙈
— BitterSweetSymphony (@PluviophilePoet) August 10, 2018
James "the evergreen" Anderson. #ENGvIND
— Ishfaq (@Animishfaq) August 10, 2018