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Virender Sehwag (IANS Photo)

Former India opener Virender Sehwag is unhappy with how meekly India surrendered to the guile of England’s king of swings in the second Test of the five-match series at Lord’s on Sunday. In a rain-affected contest, England hardly broke a sweat to sweep to a 2-0 series lead after outclassing the top-ranked India by an innings and 159 runs inside three days.

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India recorded 107 and 130 in their two innings at the Lord’s with No. 8 batsman R Ashwin top-scoring in both of them.

India began the series on a positive note and came close to winning the opener at Edgbaston last week before a brilliant spell from allrounder Ben Stokes changed the course of the match. England won that match by 31 runs but India were hopeful of balancing the ledger at Lord’s – the venue of their last Test win on England shores.

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Sehwag took to Twitter after the match terming the performance as ‘very poor’, saying going down without offering resistance is ‘very disappointing’.

Sehwag, who played 104 Tests and is the only Indian to hit two triple-centuries in the format, though hopes the team can find the confidence to launch a comeback after crushing defeat.

“Very poor from India,” Sehwag wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don’t do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch. Hope they have the confidence and mental strength to comeback from this.

The third Test of the series starts from August 18 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.