Woakes’ starrer leads to India’s debacle

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"Adil Rashid registered a ludicrous record."

Rashid registered a ludricous record by neither bowling any delivery nor playing a single ball throughout the match, he didn't even took any catches.

After delaying the toss and further abandoning the play due to rain on Day 1, the match finally commenced in the morning of day 2 only for 6.3 0vers before the rain could play the spoil spot once again with India already having lost both their openers with  just 11 runs on board.

Soon in the early afternoon time the rain stopped just to allow another 2 over game before getting back into action.This short session of play involved a very dramatic run-out involving Cheteshwar Pujara who got himself out by the hands of his captain Virat Kohli leaving behind glum faces in the indian dugout.After a three hour long pause in the play,the rainfall didn't show up for rest rest of the day's play but the fall of wickets didn't stop for the men in blue leading to the end of first innings on the final ball of the day with India castled up on a total of just 107 runs.James Anderson turned out to be the star bowler for England bagging another 5-wicket haul with Broad and Curran clinching 1 wicket each while Woakes got 2 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin stood out to be the highest run scorer for India scoring 29 runs off 38 balls followed by Kohli who scored 23 runs off 57 balls.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 was welcomed with a bright sunny morning with an on time start of the day's play. The English batsmen looked troubled by the Indian seamers in the first session of the day's play and could only bag a total of 89 runs by the loss of 4 wickets naming the session in India's favor.

The second session turn out to be the game changer for England with arrival of Chris  Woakes after the Englishmen lost their fifth wicket in the form of Jos Buttler early in the session. Woakes along with Jonny Bairstow built up a good partnership of almost 100 runs by the end of the second session with both being not out on 55 and 62 respectively. England's total was 230 for 5 leading India(107) by 123 runs at tea on day 3. The key highlights of the final session of the day's play were all owned by Woakes who smashed his maiden test ton off just 129 balls. Woakes also achieved a milestone of 1000 test runs in his career.By the end of the day, England were 357 for 6 with Woakes and Curran at the crease, leading India by 250 runs. At 396 for 7 England declared their innings early in the morning session of day 4 stretching their lead to 289 runs. Woakes remained unbeaten on 137.

           

The poor form of the Indian batsmen didn't leave them even in the second innings as well as their first wicket fell in the form of Murali Vijay in the third over only. Vijay like in the first innings again scored a duck. This wicket earned James Anderson two milestones-his 100th wicket at lord's plus his 550th test wicket. The play was again forced to be stopped due to rain on the completion of 9 overs with India at 17 for the loss of 2 wickets trailing England by 272 runs. This stoppage came as a blessing in disguise for India as the chances of innings loss seemed to be rising with each wicket falling down.

"Broad almost created history."

After a stoppage of nearly 1.5 hours the play resumed and so did the poor form of the Indian batsmen. With the dismissal of both Kohli and Karthik on two consecutive deliveries in the 31st over, the innings defeat loomed large. In this over, Stuart Broad was on a hat-trick and had he got it he would have become the first Test player ever to pick up three Test hat-tricks.

The Indian batsmen's struggle continued throughout the innings and thus, their innings got summed up inside 47 overs losing to England by an innings and 159 runs. This defeat marked Kohli's first ever innings defeat as captain. Ravichandran Ashwin was again the top scorer for the men in blue scoring an unbeaten 33 runs off 48 balls followed by Hardik Pandya who scored 26 runs off 43 balls both including 5 fours each. For England, James Anderson and Stuart Broad clinched 4 wickets each while Woakes bagged 2 wickets  showing off an excellent all-round performance that earned him the Man of the Match award. Anderson bagged a total of 9 wickets in the match.

        

What went wrong?

The Indians never looked settled in both the innings they batted plus the wrong choice of the playing XI led to their catastrophe. The likes of Shardul Thakur(who is also a part of the squad) and Deepak Chahar who would have been a better option were missed in this unbalanced team. The coordination between the players seemed to be lacking which also led to the disastrous run-out of Pujara.

Kohli was not able to pick the correct combination of his fast bowlers and thus, the pressure on the English batsmen was never built up after the first session of their batting. None of the Indian bowlers looked tough in front of the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes, so, England was able to gain a giant lead of 289 runs which was more than enough to wrap up the match within three days of play.

"Broad almost created history."

After a stoppage of nearly 1.5 hours the play resumed and so did the poor form of the Indian batsmen. With the dismissal of both Kohli and Karthik on two consecutive deliveries in the 31st over, the innings defeat loomed large. In this over, Stuart Broad was on a hat-trick and had he got it he would have become the first Test player ever to pick up three Test hat-tricks.

The Indian batsmen's struggle continued throughout the innings and thus, their innings got summed up inside 47 overs losing to England by an innings and 159 runs. This defeat marked Kohli's first ever innings defeat as captain. Ravichandran Ashwin was again the top scorer for the men in blue scoring an unbeaten 33 runs off 48 balls followed by Hardik Pandya who scored 26 runs off 43 balls both including 5 fours each. For England, James Anderson and Stuart Broad clinched 4 wickets each while Woakes bagged 2 wickets  showing off an excellent all-round performance that earned him the Man of the Match award. Anderson bagged a total of 9 wickets in the match.

 

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