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Ind Vs Eng 2nd Test: India Collapse On 107 As James Anderson Takes 5-Wicket Haul

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| August 11 , 2018 , 14:54 IST

In the 2nd Test of 5-match series between India and England, Virat Kohli after losing the toss was asked to bat first and it looked as if entire Indian batting line-up was thoroughly exposed against a top quality England seam attack on a rain-hit second day at Lords on Friday.

The Indian team collapsed on 107 in just 35 overs, as England's vice-captain and veteran seamer James Anderson bowled a magical spell to grab five wickets haul (5/20) as England finished the day in a dominating position.   

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin top-scored with his 29 runs and Skipper Kohli managed to score 23 runs, India's vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane made 18 as the entire team failed to counter England seamers.

The English pacers used the overcast conditions well, with Anderson emerging the wrecker-in-chief to pick 5/20, fellow pacers Chris Woakes on his return to the side also picked 2 wickets, Stuart Broad (1/37) and Sam Curran (1/26) grabbed a wicket each.

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Making a comeback to the side, the Solid No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara played 25 deliveries for 1 run before a mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli, cut short the Saurashtra Test specialist's stay even as the rain stopped play once again.

The teams then returned to the field after losing more than three hours, and with India struggling at 15/3, Kohli was joined by his deputy Ajinkya Rahane.  

With the conditions adverse, not for once the duo of Kohli-Rahane look settled during their 34-runs partnership.

Replacing first Test hero Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes repeatedly hit the seam hard and finally, Kohli (23) who had battled hard for 70 minutes and 57 balls, forced into committing a mistake by Woakes.

A delivery that pitched on middle stump Kohli closed his bat face with a leading edge being gobbled at the slip by Jos Buttler.

Thereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (11) falling to Woakes before left-arm Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik's (1) stumps for a ride.

Rahane, who did all the hard work to survive 44 deliveries, nicked Anderson's straight delivery to first slip Alastair Cook, with Rahane's wicket Indian team lost their last recognised batsman.

It was Ravichandran Ashwin's 29 that ensured that India crossed the three-figure mark as England gained complete control despite a day and half's play being already lost due to inclement weather.

India will look to produce a similar kind of impressive bowling if they want to gain any lead in the Lords Test.