England vs India: Jimmy Anderson bags brilliant five-wicket haul as tourists are skittled for 107 in Second Test at Lord’s
Anderson collected a brilliant five-wicket haul and was aided by a cricket-style circus act between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler that involved a breathtaking array of dropped and held catches.
Incredibly, Woakes twice endured the misery of seeing Buttler spill a catch at second slip – only for Buttler to cling onto another chance the very next ball.
Their first double play accounted for none other than Vijay Kohli, dismissed for fewer than fifty for the first time in the series.
Woakes, playing because Ben Stokes was engaged elsewhere, swung the ball extravagantly but it was Anderson who harvested most wickets.
One more victim in the second innings and he will become only the second bowler after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan to take 100 Test wickets at a single venue. Murali did it at all three of Sri Lanka’s main grounds.
Anderson revelled in the moist, overcast conditions and finished with the remarkable figures of 13.2-5-20-5, his sixth five-for bag at Lord’s.
With Sam Curran and Stuart Broad taking a wicket apiece plus a comical run out, India were routed for 107 all out in just 35.2 overs on a weather-interrupted day two of the Second Test. It was effectively day one because play on Thursday was washed out.
India’s batsmen had no answer to the Dukes ball boomeranging all over the place. Their technical frailties were ruthlessly exposed by England’s quartet of quicks.
Anderson said: “I’d have been so disappointed if I’d messed up because they are ideal conditions for me to bowl in. It was so much fun.
“You don’t often get conditions like that in England when the ball is doing so much through the air and off the pitch. You lick your lips and try to show off your skills. We would have bowled out most teams in the world because we were so good.
“It was such a good final session for us, the way we kept our focus after all the rain. I can’t remember anything like the drops and then the catches by Jos next ball.
“There’s nothing more frustrating for a bowler than creating chances and catches to be dropped. But thankfully Jos made up for both mistakes straightaway. We’re delighted for Chris to bowl so well in his first game for a while – he’s a brilliant bowler.”
After Joe Root chose to bowl first, Anderson struck in his first over when Murali Vijay, aiming towards mid-wicket, was bowled by a peach of an outswinger.
K.L.Rahul nicked off to Anderson and then came the first interruption for rain.
Play resumed before another shower sent the players towards the pavilion. The Indian batsmen were halfway up the steps but then recalled because the rain had stopped.
From the second delivery following the brief pause, Cheteshwar Pujara pushed the ball into the offside. Kohli appeared to call for single but then change his mind and skip back to the bowler’s end.
Pujara was stranded mid-pitch and Ollie Pope on his England debut had the presence of mind to run in and remove the bails, rather than throw the ball to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
Immediately, a deluge struck and the players charged off.
Lakes covered the outfield but the famous drainage at Lord’s meant play was possible again at 5.10pm – little more than an hour after the rain halted. England collected wickets almost at will.
Anderson again coaxed several false shots from Kohli in their personal battle – but once more failed to dismiss the Indian captain.
It was left to Woakes twice to find Kohli’s edge and Buttler held on at the second attempt. Ditto Hardik Pandya. Then Dinesh Karthik was bowled by a huge Curran inswinger.
Ajinkya Rahane survived a chance to Root at fourth slip off Woakes but then edged Anderson to Cook at first slip. Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Ashwin and Ishant Sharma were all lbw.
Rahane added: “I don’t think you’ll ever have more tough batting conditions than this. It is a big challenge and I’m sure we’ll all learn from it.”
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