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India suffer embarrassing loss in second Test

 LONDON, Aug 12: India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at the 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 the overnight 356 for six, declared their first innings at 396 for seven earlier today 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 was not 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 today 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.

More importantly, they batted out nearly 12 overs showing that with a little more application, this Indian line-up could have done better. Both batsmen took hits on their right hands, yet continued to soldier on.


India 1st Innings: 107 all out

England 1st Innings: 396 for 7 decl

India 2nd Innings: Murali Vijay c Bairstow b Anderson 0, Lokesh Rahul lbw b Anderson 10, Cheteshwar Pujara b Broad 17, Ajinkya Rahane c Jennings b Broad 13, Virat Kohli c Pope b Broad 17, Hardik Pandya lbw b Woakes 26, Dinesh Karthik lbw b Broad 0, Ravichandran Ashwin not out 33, Kuldeep Yadav b Anderson 0, Mohammed Shami lbw b Anderson 0, Ishant Sharma c Pope b Woakes 2. Extras: (B-6 LB-6) 12. Total: (All out in 47 overs) 130. Fall of wickets: 0-1, 13-2, 35-3, 50-4, 61-5, 61-6, 116-7, 121-8, 125-9. Bowling: James Anderson 12-5-23-4, Stuart Broad 16-6-44-4, Chris Woakes 10-2-24-2, Sam Curran 9-1-27-0. – PTI

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