Veteran quick James Anderson starred with the ball taking five wickets to help England bowl India out for a paltry 107 at stumps on a rain-truncated second day of the second cricket Test at Lord’s in London on Friday.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) top-scored for the visitors even as the English pacers used the overcast conditions well, with Anderson emerging the wrecker-in-chief to pick 5/20.
This was India’s fourth shortest innings in England, which lasted only 35.2 overs and yielded 107 runs. Previously, India were bowled out for 94 runs at The Oval in 2014 after playing 29.2 overs.
Fellow pacers Chris Woakes (2/19), Stuart Broad (1/37) and Sam Curran (1/26) complemented the seasoned Anderson well sharing the rest five wickets.
Put in to bat after incessant rain completely washed out the opening day, India failed to recover from the early jolts of openers Murali Vijay (0) and Lokesh Rahul (8) before the showers disrupted the proceedings in the morning session.
Coming back to the side, No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara survived 25 deliveries for 1 run before a mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli (23), cut short the Saurashtra Test specialist’s stay even as rain stopped play once again.
India vs England | Day 2: India Bowled Out For 107, Anderson 5/20
The teams then returned to the field after losing more than three hours, and with India struggling at 15/3, Kohli was joined by his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (18).
Both Kohli and Rahane survived the early jitters from the English pacers to start the rebuilding work with a 34-run fourth wicket stand before the in-form India captain fell to Chris Woakes.
Kohli, who was looking all at sea against Woakes, finally fell to the right-armer in his third over, with Jos Buttler making no mistake this time at second slip.
Thereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (10) falling to Woakes before left-armer Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik’s (1) stumps for a ride.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman.
Jimmy Anderson finished with 5/20 which is his best innings figures against India. He also climbed second on the list of bowlers with the maximum wickets at home with 353 wickets. In the process he went past India’s Anil Kumble who has 350 wickets. Only Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Murlitharan (493) has more wickets than Anderson.
Rahane, who did all the hard work to survive 44 deliveries, nicked Anderson’s straight delivery to first slip Alastair Cook.
Anderson immediately jolted India by trapping chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (0) plumb in front with a brilliant in-swinger, which the television replays also ruled in favour of the hosts.
Anderson’s new ball partner Stuart Broad then joined the party with the wicket of Ashwin, who looked good during his 38-ball stay, that also included four brave hits to the fence.
Towards the end, tailender Mohammed Shami struck a few lusty blows to guide India to the three-figure mark before fellow quick Ishant Sharma (0) was trapped by Anderson.
India Skittled Out For 107 at Lord’s on Rain-Curtailed Day 2
(With inputs from IANS)
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