London: India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at Lord’s, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series.
Indian batsmen failed to learn from their mistakes and were all at sea against the moving ball as the second innings folded up for 130 in 47 overs. James Anderson (4/23) once again toyed with the opposition, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4/44).
England, who resumed at overnight 356 for six, declared their first innings at 396 for seven earlier Sunday with Chris Woakes (137 n o) staying unbeaten with a brilliant century.
The Indian batsmen let the team down also in the first Test but the away side at least put up a fight. The Virat Kohli-led unit showed no semblance of a fight, bringing back the haunted memories of the previous series in 2014 and 2011.
With the rain threat looming large over the remainder of the game, India needed to bat for survival. But it wasn’t to be as the batsmen once again cut a sorry picture after mustering 107 in the first innings.
The opening day was washed out here and even Sunday time was lost due to intermittent rain, but England still comfortably got the result they wanted with a day to spare. Post tea, Ravichandran Ashwin (33 n o) and Hardik Pandya (26) added 55 runs for the seventh wicket, the highest for India in two innings of this Test. Chris Woakes (2/24) broke the resistance, trapping Pandya lbw in the 43rd over.