Broad propels England to victory over India

Dean Simpson
August 13, 2018

India are ranked number one in Test cricket and hence, were expected to give England a run for their money in the ongoing five-match Test series on English soil.

There was some surprise around the ground in the morning when England skipper Joe Root chose to bat on rather than declare with a first innings lead of 250, especially given a weather forecast that predicted rain for much of the day.

LONDON: Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes scored the first fifties of the match as England recovered to build a significant first-innings lead in the second Test against India at Lord's on Saturday after yet another top-order collapse. This is the first game when we've been outplayed.

As India slumped to a humiliating defeat in the Lord's Test, Virat Kohli walked out with a blank expression on his face. "And we deserved to lose", he said.

The Indian cricket team lost to England by an innings and 159 runs at Lord's on Sunday.

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

"Even though the conditions suited (him), you've still got to put the ball in the right area and ask the right questions of the batters".

Virender Sehwag lamented the poor showing from the visiting batsmen and hoped that they have the mental strength to overcome disastrous displays in the remainder of the England tour.

Neither the bowlers nor the batsmen performed well as England dominated from start to finish. Credit has to go to England. Chris Woakes was named the "Man of The Match" for his "outstanding" performance with both the bat and ball.

He said: "We haven't been able to have partnerships, which is the basic rule while batting".

"I was gutted when that rain arrived, " Broad said.

Against the seam and swing, the Indian batting toppled like a pack of cards and there was not an element of grinding it out and putting a price on the wicket.

That left Anderson, fifth in the all-time Test standings, just 10 wickets behind Glenn McGrath's tally of 563 - the most by any paceman at this level, with the top three places all belonging to spinners.

Broad had Ajinkya Rahane caught in the slips and then bowled Cheteshwar Pujara - who made a defiant 17 from 87 balls - with a wicked in-swinger. Indian writers lambasted India's batsmen while hailing England's pace spearhead James Anderson who took nine wickets in the match.

But Kohli was optimistic he would be fit for the third Test in Nottingham starting Saturday.

Bounding in with vigour and determination after replacing James Anderson at the Pavilion End, Broad dismissed captain Kohli (17) and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik (0) off consecutive balls in the second innings.

Fittingly, it was Woakes who wrapped up the win for England as Ishant Sharma was caught down the leg-side.

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