A perfect storm is a confluence of events that drastically aggravates a situation

And a perfect storm is what greeted India when play finally resumed on day two of the second Test at Lord s against England. London s heatwave made way to constant drizzle, then to heavy rains and subsequent overcast conditions meant England had every chance to pin India down.

And they did.

The visitors were already reeling after the 8.1 overs that were possible earlier in the day before the lengthy delay; with Murali Vijay (0), KL Rahul (8) and Cheteshwar Pujara (1) back in the hut.


James Anderson hit his length consistently to trouble Indian skipper Virat Kohli; Stuart Broad stuck to the basics; Chris Woakes made up for Ben Stokes absence in ways not many would have expected and Sam Curran continued to impress.


The result was India were blown away, getting bundled for 107 in 35.2 overs. Anderson finished with five for 20 – he is just one wicket shy of 100 wickets at Lord s, while for India, Ravichandran Ashwin top-scored with 29.


Anderson vs Kohli saga continued on from Edgbaston with the Englishman having the edge again. Anderson s outside off length was resisted well by Kohli for most part of the exchange and whenever the Indian skipper was tempted to go for the drive, or even a gentle prod, the deliveries were just too good to evade the edge of the bat.

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Eight overs of Anderson and Broad were managed well by Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane after the rain delay.

Enter Woakes.

Right from the first ball, Woakes had his rhythm. From the delivery point, Woakes got the ball move away from the right-hander and once the ball pitched, the movement was only exaggerated. That movement led to a fantastic spell of 6-2-19-2. Off the 36 deliveries that Woakes, 34 off them had the names of the batmen facing written on it. That s how good Waokes was.

England s slip catching again came under the scanner but the frequency with which their bowlers induced the edges, the drops didn t cost much.

First to go was Kohli, who, lured in by the inward angle of Woakes went for a flick off a fuller delivery only to get the outside edge when the ball swung late. Jos Buttler at second slip took a good low catch after missing a chance the previous delivery.

Kohli, by no means had it easy, but his resistance of 57 deliveries (for 23 runs) had to end. An over later, Hardik Pandya was dropped by Buttler at slips, again. But off the next delivery, Woakes got one to straighten from a good length and Pandya had to play at it. Subsequent edge was pounded by Buttler. In the next over, left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran did justice to his trade making one jag back in by a mile that went clean through Dinesh Karthik s defence.

Ashwin then started ominously and it looked like Rahane would get some support, but Rahane himself fell for 18 when he once again prodded forward to an outside of delivery from Anderson. Anderson then cleaned up the tail picking up Kuldeep Yadav (0) and Ishant Sharma (0). Broad trapped Ashwin in front.

Earlier, Anderson started the proceedings and off the fifth delivery of the match bowled a peach of delivery to get rid of Vijay. The ball was full angling in and Vijay set himself up for a flick, but upon pitching the ball swung late and snuck past the Indian opener’s bat and rattled on to the stumps.

Rahul, the other opener, got himself a boundary through covers and then off his pads before prodding forward to an Anderson good length delivery that moved just enough to take the edge. Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps obliged.

Pujara then ran himself out, for the fifth time in last two years. Pujara pushed Anderson towards point and set off for a single. Kohli responded to his call and came down the pitch, only to change his mind and retreat with Pujara committed to the run.

England debutant Pope kept his composure and sprinted in from gully to remove the bails, rather than having a wild shy at the stumps. No sooner had Pujara been dismissed, there was downpour.

Brief Scores: India 107 all out (Ravichandran Ashwin 29; James Anderson 5/20, Chris Woakes 2/19) vs England