England vs India 2nd Test Day 4: Broad, Anderson help England pulverize India

Stuart Broad four wickets England India 2nd Test Day 4 Lord's cricket

Stuart Broad dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik

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England seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson took four wickets apiece as their side annihilated India by an innings and 159 runs on the fourth day at Lord’s.

Starting off the day on 357/6, England added 39 runs to their overnight score before Sam Curran was caught by Mohammed Shami at wide third man off the bowling of Hardik Pandya for 40.

As soon as Curran was dismissed, England captain Joe Root decided to declare with his side on 396/7, which gave them a 289-run lead.

Woakes, who scored his maiden Test century on the third day, remained unbeaten on a career-best 137, which came off 177 balls and included 21 boundaries.

Pandya and Shami picked up three wickets apiece, while Ishant Sharma chipped in with one.

Trailing by 289 runs, India lost opener Murali Vijay in the third over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson for a duck.

Upon dismissing Vijay, Anderson reached 550 Test wickets and claimed his 100th wicket at Lord’s.

Lokesh Rahul, who opened the batting with Vijay, mustered 10 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Anderson.

Ajinkya Rahane didn’t fare much better as he was caught by Keaton Jennings at third slip off the bowling of Broad for 13.

Broad then proceeded to clean bowl Cheteshwar Pujara for 17 and take out India captain Virat Kohli for the same score.

Kohli opted to review the decision after being caught by debutant Ollie Pope at short leg. However, it didn’t work in his favour as replays showed that the ball brushed his glove before hitting him on the hip and carrying to Pope.

India lost their other review on the next ball as Dinesh Karthik challenged the umpire’s decision after being trapped lbw off the bowling of Broad for a golden duck. Like Kohli, his gamble didn’t pay off as replays showed the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle and off stump.

With India in all sorts of trouble at 61/6, Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin halted England’s charge with a 55-run partnership before Pandya was given out lbw off the bowling of Woakes for 26.

Anderson returned to take out Kuldeep Yadav and Shami before India were bowled out for 130 when Ishant was caught by Pope at leg gully off the bowling of Woakes for two runs.

Ashwin was left stranded on 33 off 48 balls, which included five boundaries.

Broad and Anderson took four wickets apiece, while Woakes claimed two.

Kohli was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “Not proud of the way we’ve played. First time in the last five Tests that we’ve been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things. Can’t really think about conditions when you’re playing the game. You can’t sit and crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green won’t go your way. Even when the ball’s doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas.

“Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs. [Extra seamer] Yeah looking back, I thought we got the combination wrong. [About his injury] I should be fine. Lower back issue, I’m confident I’ll be fine in five days time with a bit of rehab.”

Root was thrilled to have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-Test series, and said: “Less stressful [win] definitely. The bowling unit were exceptional throughout. We had the conditions in our favour, but we had to put it in the right places. Jonny and Woakesy were magnificent. Really pleased for Woakesy. A number of times he’s showed how talented he is. He’s been working hard. Coming back into the side, someone who’s always been a big part of the side. Good to see.

“Ultimately it was about doing the same things again and again. We’re in a nice position. I thought he [Pope] played really well. To come in and put pressure on the opposition in a tough batting period was good. We’ve got another day to rest and recover and get our heads around what we’ve done this week. We still haven’t played our best game. There’s room to improve and that’s the most exciting part for us.”

Woakes was named Man of the Match, and said: “Delighted. I suppose to win the Test match inside four days when you lose a day and half to rain is special. Scoring a hundred and getting on the honour’s board is something that’ll stay with me a lot. It’s sinking in more. I wish I’d soaked it in a little more. But like I said, I was a bit nervous out there yesterday.

“Jonny calmed me down, which is funny, it’s usually the other way around. We just looked to tick it off in fives. Once we got through the tough part, we started scoring freely. [His return from injury] Really pleased with the bowling. Getting competitive cricket was important, even though it was white-ball cricket.

“Yes it was a fight [getting the ball out of Jimmy’s hands]. Once Broady gets his legs pumping, it’s brilliant to watch. Well backed up by Sam as well.”

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